Haunting footage shows family trying to escape devastating California wildfire
Over the last few days, a wildfire has been wiping out large areas of land in California. The fire started on Thursday and is still raging in numerous communities around the state. The blaze has been so devastating that the entire town of Paradise has been destroyed.
In fact, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea explained that the county was bringing in a fifth search and recovery team. Moreover, an anthropology team from California State University, Chico was also assisting because in some cases "the only remains we are able to find are bones or bone fragments."
"This weighs heavy on all of us, myself and especially those staff members who are out there doing what is important work but certainly difficult work," Honea added.
Take a look at this very raw footage of a family trying to escape the horrific blaze:
The death toll from the wildfires has risen to at least 31 after the remains of several more people were found on Sunday. More than 6,700 buildings, almost all of which were homes, have also been destroyed.
Alex Hoon at the National Weather Service said more firefighters were needed in the area on Saturday, as wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are expected until Monday, which could further exacerbate the blaze.
It is being referred to as the most destructive fire in Californian history, and the death toll matches the state's record for deaths in a single fire. "We are doing everything we possibly can to identify those remains and make contact with the next of kin so we can return the remains to the family," Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said on Saturday.
In Southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" spread through both Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes. As of yet, we know that two people's lives were taken in that particular blaze. This, in addition to the "Hill Fire", led to evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people.
Currently, some evacuation orders for Woolsey Fire have been lifted, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is allowing people to return to their homes in parts of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village. According to CBS Los Angeles, a section of freeway is also being reopened due to progress made by firefighters putting out the Woolsey Fire.
Even some celebrities based in California have lost their homes. Actor Gerard Butler and Camille Grammer Meyer from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are just some of the high-profile figures whose homes have been damaged by the fire.
Butler revealed on Instagram that his Malibu home is "half-gone" and shared a photo of himself standing in front of the destroyed property.
To see the incredible moment a man risked his life to save a rabbit in a wildfire last December, check out the video below:
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, there are currently about 5,000 fire personnel battling the blaze, along with 571 total fire engines, 91 fire crews, and 21 helicopters.
We would like to express our condolences to all those affected by this disaster.