USA utility stocks slump as California wildfires leave hundreds missing

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Search teams have recovered remains of 42 people killed by a fierce wildfire that largely incinerated the town of Paradise in northern California, marking the greatest loss of life from a wild land blaze in state history, authorities said on Monday.

Search teams in Butte County have recovered the remains of 29 people; a lot of them were found inside burned-out homes in and around the town of Paradise, or in cars that were overwhelmed by fire as locals desperately tried to outrun the fast-moving flames.

The fire that began Thursday morning and devastated the town of Paradise now matches the 1933 Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles as the state's cruelest in human cost.

Some bodies were found in gutted cars that were overrun by the fast-moving fire, as residents scrambled to evacuate overnight.

Officials said the bodies of five people were found in their burned-out homes and the sixth was found in a vehicle in northern California's Camp Fire, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Sunday evening. Authorities said they have reports of 110 people still missing in the area affected by the blaze. Authorities called in a DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify what in some cases were only bones or bone fragments.

Stewart said, "Mr. President, while people's homes are burning, while lives are being lost & while firefighters are risking their lives, California needs words of support & encouragement, not threats or finger pointing & accusations".

Robin Thicke's Malibu home was destroyed, according to his representative.

Butler shared a photo on Instagram of the burnt remains of his Malibu home and thanked the Los Angeles Fire Department for their service.

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In a post on his official website decrying the impact of climate change, Young said "I have lost my home before to a California wildfire, now another". "I don't know where she is".

On Sunday, officials confirmed that two deaths in Malibu were related to the Woolsey Fire, bringing the statewide death toll to 31. It's destroyed an estimated 6,700 buildings, most of which were homes.

The Ventura County Humane Society said it was "deeply humbled" by a $100,000 donation from actress Sandra Bullock and her family to rescue and care for animals evacuated from the fires. Two more have perished near Malibu in the south of the state.

While firefighters made headway on containing the fires Saturday, the return of powerful winds a day later threatened that progress, particularly for the Woolsey Fire in Southern California.

California governor Jerry Brown is urging President Donald Trump to declare the situation as a major disaster in order to secure emergency funding.

Mr Trump said in a Twitter post: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

Dozens of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West and Lady Gaga, were forced to flee their Malibu area homes to escape the fires. Brown told a press briefing that federal and state governments must do more forest management but said that's not the source of the problem.

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