A home burns in Paradise, California.

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California battles deadly wildfires in north and south

As wildfires raged at both ends of California, more than 8,000 fire crews battled wildfires that have scorched 400 square miles statewide.

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Members of the California Army National Guard search a property for human remains at the Camp Fire in Paradise on Nov. 14, 2018. 

Belated warnings from public officials and the reluctance of residents who had survived previous fires to leave home were among the factors that contributed to the delayed and chaotic evacuation in what has become the deadliest wildfire in California history, survivors said.

 

 

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Image: Forensic investigators search a community swimming pool for victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise

Forensic investigators search a community swimming pool for victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise on Nov. 13.

Most of the attention following the wildfire has focused on the search for dozens of people still missing and the possibility that power equipment belonging to the electric utility PG&E may have sparked the fire. But a few residents have begun to ask why notice did not get out to more people about the fire.

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A mountain is seen through charred window frames of a mansion burned down by the Woolsey Fire

A mountain is seen through charred window frames of a mansion burned down by the Woolsey Fire in Agoura Hills on Nov. 13.

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A children's toy destroyed by the Camp Fire is seen in Paradise

A toy destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise on Nov. 13.

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A firefighter battles a fire along the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Simi Valley, California, on Nov. 12, 2018.

A firefighter battles a fire along the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Simi Valley on Nov. 12.

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Homes leveled by the Camp Fire line a development on Edgewood Lane in Paradise on Nov. 12. 

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A firefighter inspects the remains of a beachside luxury home along the Pacific Coast Highway community of Point Dume in Malibu on Nov. 11.

A firefighter inspects the remains of a beachside luxury home along the Pacific Coast Highway community of Point Dume in Malibu on Nov. 11.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California was burning Sunday across 85,000 acres. In addition to killing two people, the fire threatened nearly 60,000 structures and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents, officials said. 

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Image: The burnt wreckage of a vehicle and debris are seen in the aftermath of the Woolsey fire in Malibu, Southern California

The burned wreckage of a vehicle sits amid debris from the Woolsey fire in Malibu on Nov. 11.

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Image: Firefighters battle a blaze at the Salvation Army Camp

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Salvation Army Camp on Nov. 10 in Malibu. 

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The Camp Fire burns along a ridgetop near Big Bend in Northern California on Nov. 10. 

The Camp Fire, believed to be the most destructive in state history, has burned more than 6,000 homes and scorched 111,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

 

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Krystin Harvey, left, comforts her daughter Araya Cipollini at the remains of their home burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise on Nov. 10.

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Araya Cipollini, 19, holds on to her dog T.J. near the burned remnants of her neighbor’s home in Paradise on Nov. 10.

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A horse is spooked as the Woolsey Fire moves through a property in Agoura Hills on Nov. 9.

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Image: A man watches as the Woolsey Fire reaches the ocean along Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) near Malibu, California, Nov. 9, 2018

The Woolsey Fire reaches the ocean along the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu on Nov. 9. 

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A shortwave infrared satellite image of the Camp Fire in Magalia on Nov. 9.

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Firefighters work on a controlled burn at a wildfire in Magalia on Nov. 9.

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Abandoned cars from fleeing residents of the Magalia and Paradise Pine area, line Skyway road the day after the start of the Camp Fire that continues to burn out of control through the region, fueled by high winds in Butte County on Nov. 9.

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Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise on Nov. 9.

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Abandoned vehicles sit at a car lot in Paradise on Nov. 9.

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Flames continue to burn through the Paradise Pines neighborhood of Magalia on Nov. 9.

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The walls of a scorched antique shop stand on Skyway road after a wildfire burned through Paradise on Nov. 9.

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Officer Randy Law tends to a rescued horse rescued as a wildfire burns in Paradise, California on Nov. 9.

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A Cal Fire firefighter monitors a burning home on Nov. 9 in Magalia.

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A plume of smoke blankets the sky in Paradise, California.

A plume of smoke blankets the sky in Paradise on Nov. 8.

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Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp fire blazes through Paradise, California

Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire blazes through Paradise on Nov. 8.

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Embers blow as the fire engulfs a KFC restaurant in Paradise, California.

Embers blow as the fire engulfs a KFC restaurant in Paradise on Nov. 8.

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A hospital worker embraces her co-worker as they evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital in Paradise, California, on Nov. 8, 2018.

A hospital worker embraces her co-worker as they evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital in Paradise on Nov. 8.

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A home burns in Paradise, California.

A home burns as the Camp Fire moves through the area on Nov. 8 in Paradise.

Residents of Paradise, which is 90 miles north of Sacramento, were told to evacuate on Thursday morning.

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Medical personnel evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital.

Medical personnel evacuate patients from the Feather River Hospital on Nov. 8 in Paradise.

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The rapidly spreading fire burns through a store. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom called a state of emergency in Butte County.

The rapidly spreading fire burns through a store in Paradise on Nov. 8.

Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom called a state of emergency in Butte County.

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