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The deadliest and most destructive fire in the history of California does not seem to yield after three days of intense drama. The threat continues spurred by the winds, with special intensity in the south of the state, where the flames have left a balance of two dead, 250,000 evacuated and hundreds of houses razed, including some owned by stars of the film industry and entertainment. To the north, the town of Paradise has been completely destroyed, with a total of 29 dead. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared on Monday the state of disaster in California and has ordered federal aid to fight forest fires, the most destructive in the history of the state. “I just approved an accelerated application for a major disaster declaration for the state of California, I wanted to respond quickly to alleviate some of the incredible suffering that is happening, I am with you,” the president said through his social network account. Twitter

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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.

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As reported by the White House in a statement, the declaration makes federal funds available to affected people in the counties of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura. “Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the White House said. . The goal now in Buffe County, north of Sacramento, is to locate the 228 missing that the catastrophe has left. At the moment, the rescue tasks are being hampered by the still active bulbs and by the conditions of the terrain, too hot for the dogs in tracking tasks. The hope is that some will appear in the reception centers authorized by the authorities. In the area of ​​Malibu and Thousand Oaks, west of Los Angeles, the fear is that the winds will again exceed 70 kilometers per hour in the coming days. The Los Angeles County Fire Department has warned that no one is safe from the flames and that the fire can continue to spread at great speed. “Ten or 20 years ago you could stay in your house when there was a fire, and we were able to protect people,” said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. “Things are not what they were 10 years ago.” Men like Lady Gaga, Guillermo del Toro or Julia Roberts have been forced to evacuate and their homes are still under threat from the flames. Others like Gerard Butler, Neil Young, Miley Cyrus or Scott Derrickson have already confirmed that the fire has taken their homes ahead. “Completely devastated by the fires that are affecting my community,” Cyrus wrote on Twitter. “My animals and the love of my life managed to get out, and that’s all that matters to me right now, my house is no longer standing, but the memories shared with family and friends are still there, strong.” So far, and with the situation contained at 15%, 177 buildings have been lost and another 57,000 could suffer the same fate.

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Completely devestated by the fires affecting my community. I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for

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Not all, however, chose to move to nearby shelters. There were several who remained to defend their homes using water buckets, hoses or the irrigation system so as not to lose everything. People like Alma and Greg Cwik, residents of Bell Canyon, explained to the Los Angeles Times that since there were not enough troops to fight a fire of such magnitude, they remained firm. “They are very few,” said Alma Cwik. “They were here, but when the fire moved to Malibu and Hidden Hills, they went there.” And that has come firefighters from states like Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah, a disaster area that the still governor of the state, Jerry Brown, clearly attributes to global warming. “This new situation of abnormality will certainly continue in the next 10 to 20 years,” he said. “Unfortunately, the best science está diciendo que la falta de humedad, el calor, la sequía y todos esos factores se van a intensificar”. Desde 1933 no se registraba en California un balance de muertos semejante en un solo episodio. Sin embargo, en los últimos años los incendios se han intensificado. Solo en 2018 ya se habían perdido 11 vidas antes de este fin de semana devastador para el estado más poblado del país, de luto por tanta muerte y destrucción.


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