At least 11 suspected deaths in California wildfires, as winds set to pick up


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by Phil Helsel

LOS ANGELES – The remains of the victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire, officials said Saturday.

Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea said the 14 bodies were recovered in the Camp Fire, thought to be the most destructive wildfire in the history of the people.

Two bodies were also found in the burn zone of the Woolsey Fire in Southern California.

"I know that the members of our community who are missing loved ones are anxious," and Honea said. "We are doing everything that we can to identify those remains and make contact with the next of kin."

"My heart goes out to people," he said.

The two people found to be in the Woolsey Fire zone in Malibu are said to be related to the deaths, but an investigation is ongoing, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict. The burned bodies were discovered about 4:43 p.m. The sheriff's office said.

That 105,000 acre fire has forced the evacuation of 200,000 residents and destroyed an untold number of homes.

Image: Fast-Spreading Hill and Woolsey Fires Force Evacuations in California's Ventura County
A Los Angeles County Firefighter looks on as the Woolsey Fire explodes behind a house in the West Hills neighborhood on Nov. 9, 2018 in Los Angeles.Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

As fire crews took advantage Saturday's high winds with the blazes – with resources from the United States sent to the United States. The National Weather Service warned of "extremely critical fire weather conditions" Sunday through Tuesday.

"The winds are not blowing," "Ventura County Fire" Chief Mark Lorenzen said Saturday afternoon.

"But we know tomorrow," he said, "he said," he said, urging the public to stay.

More than 250,000 people in California were under evacuation orders from three blazes – the Woolsey Fire burning northwest of Los Angeles, the so-called Camp Fire in Butte County, and the Hill Fire, also in Ventura County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The town of Paradise, population 26,000, north of Sacramento was devastated by the Camp Fire, with the town's mayor estimating that 80 to 90 percent of homes have been destroyed. Thursday, has burned around 105,000 acres, was 20 percent contained Saturday.

Marilyn Pelletier got a knock on her door in Paradise. Her body bag and her small dog, and when she left "the whole sky was pink."

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Los Angeles Sheriff's Department chaplain Pastor Brian Spade walks through the hotel in the points Dume neighborhood of Malibu, California, where members of his congregation live, on Nov. 10, 2018, after the Woolsey Fire tore through the neighborhood overnight.Robyn Beck / AFP – Getty Images

"You could see the fire coming," she said. It was horrible The worst thing I've ever experienced in my life I was just

Pelletier moved to Paradise two years ago after her husband passed away, and bought a house in the town.

It was real pretty, "Pelletier said." I'm devastated. I'm heartbroken, I'm alone, I'm scared. "


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