California Camp Fire: Death toll touches 42

California Camp Fire: Death toll touches 42

The Northern California  Camp Fire has claimed as many as 42 lives since it first began on Thursday after an additional 13 sets of human remains were discovered here recently.

Cory Honea, the sheriff of Butte County, deemed the Camp Fire as the deadliest fire to hit the state of California reported CNN. On Monday, United States President Donald Trump  approved a "major disaster declaration" in the affected state.

"I just approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California . Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on. I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected," Trump tweeted.

California was struck with wildfire from different directions. Northern California  was first hit by Camp Fire which led to the evacuation of around 52,000 people. 1,385 people are living in shelters. Woolsey Fire  struck Southern California , threatening 57,000 structures and burning down 91,000 acres. Two people were killed and around 370 structures destroyed in the fire. 20% of Woolsey Fire  was contained by Monday. Meanwhile, the Hill Fire covered 4,531 acres and was 75% contained as of Monday.

Around 44 people have died statewide in Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire  and the Hill Fire combined. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 109,000 acres of land has burned down, since the fire first began.

The White House, late on Friday, in a statement issued emergency in California . The blaze had started on Thursday night (local time), and moved towards Malibu and the Pacific Ocean, prompting evacuations in Malibu, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and other neighboring regions.

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