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The Camp Fire (also called the Paradise Fire), Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire are all wreaking havoc across the sunshine state. The fires have already claimed 31 lives, and some 200 people remain missing. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes as strong winds continue to fan the flames.

Power lines in some areas have been downed as the crisis deepens.

The Camp and Woolsey fires are the most destructive, with Camp called the most destructive on record.

The exact cause of the fires are largely unknown.

There has been speculation that the brutal Camp Fire may have been started by PG&E power company.

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Local news outlets have reported some power lines were downed amid high winds just before the fire was called in on November 8.

At about 6.30am local time, fire crews were dispatched to a vegetation fire “under the high tension power lines.”

One firefighter allegedly told his dispatch unit: “We’ve got eyes on the vegetation fire.

“It’s going to be very difficult to access, Camp Creek Road is nearly inaccessible.”

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This location is what gave the fire its name, Camp Fire, which is in the small town of Paradise in Butte County.

The utility has been criticised and sued in a number of other large and deadly fires across California in the past.

PG&E announced two days earlier that it might shut down power to parts of Butte County amid forecasts of high wind and low humidity, but it never did.

PG&E spokesman Jason King said no cause of the fire had been determined.

“We can’t speculate on the cause of the fire. There will be an investigation,” he said.

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The Woolsey Fire, which was also first reported on November 8, is another unknown.

We know the fire got its name as it was reported in the area of Woolsey Canyon Road near the former Rocketdyne complex south of Simi Valley, according to Los Angeles County fire officials.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Joey Marron said.“They usually try to name fires after the street that it’s on or something major in the city you can relate it to.

“It’s an easy thing to remember.”

While the exact trigger of these fires is still uncertain, one thing seems clear: they would not be as vicious as they are without the wind.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph have pummelled the state with the drought-stricken terrain acting as kindling and spreading the flames.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Monday: “Today, strong winds are expected to continue into the eater evening and relative humidity will remain in the single digits.”



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