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A firefighter silhouetted by a burning home in Malibu, California A firefighter silhouetted by a burning home in Malibu, California  (AFP or licensors)

Deadly wildfires blaze in US state of California

Wildfires continue to rage in several parts of the US state of California, killing at least 31 people.

By Devin Watkins

Search teams in helicopters are combing through what remains of Paradise, a town in Northern California.

More than 220 people are still missing, after a wildfire broke out there last week.

It swept through the town and burned more than 111,000 acres, including nearly 7,000 buildings.

Multiple fires

At least 29 people died in the so-called Camp fire, bringing its death toll to equal that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest fire on record in California.

In the southern part of the state, the Woolsey fire near Malibu has killed 2 people.

Some 250,000 people are under evacuation orders around Los Angeles.

Firefighters are battling strong winds as they try to get the blaze under control.

California Governor Jerry Brown has urged President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to release more federal emergency funds.

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12 November 2018, 16:18