California carnage: 31 dead in wildfires, 200 missing, 250k evacuated (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Nine law enforcement agencies had 42 people assigned to the search, in addition to 45 anthropologists from several institutions such as nearby California State University Chico and firefighters from 14 CalFire engine companies, said Megan McMann, community relations coordinator for the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

The statewide death toll stood at 31 and appeared certainto rise.

"The Sacramento Bee: "'Hell was knocking on our door': Paradise is lost, but it's happened before" -- "This foothill town on a wooded Sierra Nevada ridge has dodged devastation before.

The search also went on for the missing. "I am one of the lucky ones", the singer and actress tweeted.

"He has friends in that area".

"I've never seen one with this intensity, for this long, that took out so much property and caused such havoc", he said.

"I'm also under a dark emotional cloud". Your mother's somewhere and you don't know where she's at.

"We learned her house was destroyed the other day so don't know what's happened to her - she's kind of homebound, she doesn't have a vehicle".

"I need to sleep and cry", James added.

A woman and her child prepare for evacuation in Malibu. The measure hastens availability of federal emergency aid to fire-stricken regions of the state.

The Camp Fire has the grisly distinction of matching the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles - until now the single deadliest wildfire on record, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

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As the fires continued to rage at both ends of the Golden State the death toll around the incinerated northern town of Paradise rose to 29, with two more dead near Malibu in the south.

A Northern California man who led a caravan of vehicles that was overcome by flames from a wildfire says he saw his friend die.

"Natural factors and human-caused global warming effects fatally collude" in these fires, said wildfire expert Kristen Thornicke of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

The Republican president has previously blamed California officials for fires and threatened to withhold funding, saying the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that fuel blazes.

This year's round of wildfires is reported to have been the worst on record, with almost 7600 blazes having burnt almost 7000 square kilometers of land. The Ventura County Humane Society said it was "deeply humbled by a $100,000 donation from Sandra Bullock and family" to rescue and care for animals evacuated from the fires.

Cyrus tweeted that her Malibu home - a US$2.5 million mansion she purchased with fiance Liam Hemsworth in 2016 - had been destroyed by fire.

The burned bodies were discovered in a driveway in Malibu, where residents forced from their homes included Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West and Martin Sheen.

Meanwhile, action star Gerard Butler posted a photo on Instagram that showed a burned-out structure and a badly scorched vehicle.

Flames also besieged Thousand Oaks, the southern California city in mourning over the massacre of 12 people in a shooting rampage at a country music bar on Wednesday night.

I'm sure you have all been following those awful fires out in California. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images) TOPSHOT - Flames from the Camp fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California, on November 10, 2018. "Mr. President, with all due respect, you are wrong", said Scott Austin, head of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

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