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11th Nov 2018

Death toll rises in California wildfire

Carl Kinsella

Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey fire has continued to devastate northern California.

By Saturday morning, it had been confirmed that at least nine people had died. Earlier on Sunday, the BBC reported that the death toll had risen to 25.

All indications suggest that the list of casualties could increase.

Marc Chenard, of the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center, said “It’s nothing but bad news.”

150,000 people had been evacuated from the area on Saturday, and that figure has increased by a further 100,000 today. The fire has effected densely populated areas like Malibu and Thousand Oaks, resulting in many celebrities being forced to leave their homes behind.

Figures like Martin Sheen, Alyssa Milano, Kanye West, Iggy Azalea and Khloe Kardashians have all confirmed that they have evacuated the area.

Donald Trump has drawn the ire of many in the area by saying that poor forest management is to blame for the fire, and that he is considering withdrawing federal funding for those trying to fight the fire.

Photos from California give an insight into the widespread devastation.

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