California wildfire is now deadliest, most destructive in history

Muriel Hammond
November 14, 2018

Among those who lost their homes was the pop star Miley Ray Cyrus, who tweeted that her "house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong".

Another two people died in the separate Woolsey Fire that has destroyed 435 structures and displaced about 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near Southern California's Malibu coast, west of Los Angeles. However, he did note that letters reading "love" were still intact. "Because I know the toll it takes on loved ones", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Monday night as he announced the discovery of 13 more sets of remains.

The actor shared a picture of his Malibu home, after what he says has been a "heartbreaking few days". Residents are also living closer to forests - as California's population has almost doubled to 40 million since the 1970s - placing more people and structures within at-risk burn areas.

"I spent the day in Malibu yesterday and it was unbelievable to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can", Hemsworth wrote.

A helicopter makes a water drop on the Woolsey Fire near Malibu, California. Thankful for the all the great local guys that helped keep smaller fires out around my property. "I love u guys".


Though Cyrus said she was "completely devastated" by the damage her community suffered, she kept things in perspective.

"I'm sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames".

Almost 9,000 firefighters, many from out of state, were battling to suppress the Camp Fire, the Woolsey Fire and a handful of smaller Southern California blazes, backed by squadrons of water-dropping helicopters and airplane tankers. It's going to be a journey to rebuild. "My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that's all that matters right now", the singer wrote on Twitter. "I am grateful for all I have left". The devastating Woolsey Fire has destroyed hundreds of homes and killed at least two people, and the Hill Fire has scorched thousands of acres nearby. ET recently spoke to Thicke about returning to the ruined remnants of his home.

More than a dozen coroner search-and-recovery teams looked for bodies across the apocalyptic landscape that was once Paradise, while anxious relatives visited shelters and called police and hospitals in hopes of finding loved ones.

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