The death toll from wildfires raging in California rose to 31 on Sunday (Nov 11) after six more people were found killed in what was poised to become the deadliest wildfire in state history.
Complete devastation: Gerard Butler shared this bad photo of his Malibu home on Sunday showing it completely destroyed by the devastating Woolsey fire. The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires at both ends of the state stood at 25 Sunday and appeared likely to rise.
Sheriff Honea said the human remains recovered on Sunday included five bodies found in properties and one in a vehicle in Paradise.
He'd been forced to evacuate - but returned to the burned out shell of his home.
The fire's cause remained under investigation but Southern California Edison reported to the California Public Utilities Commission that there was an outage on an electrical circuit near where it started as Santa Ana winds blew through the region.
Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday.
Southern California fire crews therefore only had capacity to focus on saving lives and structures as the fire moved and were unable to work on containing the flames for three days.
Singer Robin Thicke lost the Malibu home he shares with model April Love Geary and their baby.
Thicke, 41, said on Instagram that he, his girlfriend and his two kids were safe. The town was utterly leveled.
Dozens of people are reported missing.
"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago ... the rate of spread is exponentially more than it used to be", said Lorenzen, urging residents to not put their lives at risk by trying to defend their own homes instead of evacuating. The Woolsey Fire in Ventura County has now affected more than 83,000 acres with 10% of the fire contained.
Hollywood actor Gerard Butler's house in California has been destroyed by wildfires.
A one-day lull in the dry, northeasterly winds ended at midmorning and authorities warned that the gusts would continue through Tuesday.
For the latest updates about these and other California blazes, go to Cal Fire's "Incidents" page. There are now more than 6,000 firefighters and first responders deployed to handle the emergency.
Gov. Jerry Brown said he is requesting a major-disaster declaration from President Donald Trump that would make victims eligible for crisis counselling, housing and unemployment help, and legal aid. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".
Rice said that Trump's claim state forest management allowed the fire to spread "is dangerously wrong". "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" Fire officials said they planned for firefighting aircraft to begin aggressively pounding the blaze from the air as conditions permit flying.
Flames engulfed hospitals, homes and other structures as it whipped through Paradise.
"At a time when our every effort should be focused on vanquishing the destructive fires and helping the victims, the president has chosen instead to issue an uninformed political threat aimed squarely at the innocent victims of these cataclysmic fires", the statement continued.