Two die in South­ern Cal

The Republican Herald - - NATION/ WORLD -

two peo­ple were found dead and scores of houses, from ranch homes to celebri­ties’ man­sions, burned in a pair of wild­fires that stretched across more than 100 square miles of south­ern cal­i­for­nia, au­thor­i­ties said satur­day.

the two bod­ies were found in Mal­ibu, but Los Angeles county sher­iff’s chief John Bene­dict of­fered no fur­ther de­tails. they were dis­cov­ered in the area of a wind­ing stretch of Mul­hol­land High­way with steep panoramic views, where on satur­day the road­way was lit­tered with rocks, a few large boul­ders and fallen power lines, some of them still on fire. Most of the sur­round­ing struc­tures were lev­eled.

Fire­fight­ers have saved thou­sands of homes de­spite work­ing in ex­treme con­di­tions “that they said they have never seen in their life,” LA county Fire chief daryl osby said.

those vi­cious con­di­tions on Fri­day night gave way to calm satur­day, with winds re­duced to breezes.

Fire­fight­ers used the lull to try to rein in the pow­er­ful blaze that had grown to 109 square miles and get a grasp of how much dam­age it did.

As­so­ci­ated Press

The charred re­mains of a home Satur­day in Mal­ibu, Calif.

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