Schulz home lost in fire

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

CAL­I­FOR­NIA’S deadly wild­fires have now claimed 31 lives with hun­dreds still miss­ing and also de­stroyed the home of ‘Peanuts’ cre­ator Charles Schulz, pic­tured, tak­ing all the fa­mous car­toon­ist’s mem­o­ra­bilia with it.

Mr Schulz’s son, Monte Schulz, said the Santa Rosa homes of 78-year-old Jean Schultz, and his brother Craig Schulz were de­stroyed on Mon­day but no one was in­jured.

The lat­est ca­su­alty fig­ures mark the great­est loss life from a sin­gle Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire event in 84 years with 3500 homes and busi­nesses in­cin­er­ated and 77,000ha scorched.

The of­fi­cial cause of the dis­as­ter is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but of­fi­cials say power lines top­pled by gale-force winds on Sun­day night may have sparked the con­fla­gra­tion.

A resur­gence of ex­treme wind con­di­tions that was fore­cast for Wed­nes­day night and early Thurs­day failed to ma­te­ri­alise, giv­ing fire crews a chance to start carv­ing con­tain­ment lines around the perime­ter of some of the blazes. But fierce winds are ex­pected to re­turn across much of the state.

Mark Ghi­lar­ducci, state di­rec­tor of emer­gency ser­vices, said: “We are not even close to be­ing out of this emer­gency.”

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