The Latest: SoCal Edison reports outage before wildfire

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The Latest on the California wildfires (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

Southern California Edison has reported to state utilities regulators that there was an outage on one of its electrical circuits near where a large and destructive wildfire began as strong winds swept the region.

SoCal Edison says the report to the Public Utilities Commission was submitted out of an abundance of caution although there’s been no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved with the start of the fire.

The utility’s report says the so-called Woolsey fire was reported at approximately 2:24 p.m. Thursday, two minutes after the outage on a circuit from a substation.

Similarly, Pacific Gas & Electric notified regulators there was a problem on an electrical transmission line minutes before a wind-driven fire erupted in Northern California on Thursday and destroyed the town of Paradise.


5:05 p.m.

Fire officials believe no additional structures have burned in the huge wildfire west of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said Sunday evening he expects to have a better damage assessment on Monday and expects the number of lost structures to be greater than the last count of 177.

The return of gusty Santa Ana winds Sunday caused flare-ups, but Osby says the 130-square-mile (337-square-kilometer) fire stayed within its perimeter.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect in the areas of the fire in Los Angeles County while neighboring Ventura County expects to lift some evacuations Sunday night.

Officials also say two people found dead in a car earlier were both adults. Investigators believe the driver may have become disoriented and the vehicle was overcome by fire.

Some 3,500 students continue to shelter in place at Pepperdine University on the Malibu coast. The university has canceled classes at the Malibu campus and at its Calabasas campus to the north until after Thanksgiving.


5 p.m.

Robin Thicke’s Malibu home was destroyed while Caitlyn Jenner’s was spared in a Southern California wildfire.

A Thicke representative says Sunday that Thicke’s house had completely burned down.

The 41-year-old singer said on Instagram that he, his girlfriend and his two kids are safe.

Jenner posted an Instagram video late Sunday saying their house made it, but described the scene in Malibu as “devastating.”

They are among many celebrities who had to evacuate from a wildfire that has destroyed at least 177 homes and left two people dead since it broke out Thursday.

Actor Gerard Butler said earlier Sunday that his house was “half-gone” while “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Camiller Grammer Meyer lost her house entirely.


4:40 p.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown says now is a time for Californians to pull together as they face catastrophic fires at both ends of the state.

The Democratic governor, a climate change evangelist, stressed at a Sunday press conference that wildfires have become more ferocious because of severe drought and climate change.

Brown says this “new abnormal” will only get worse over the next 10 to 20 years, threatening California’s entire way of life.

The governor was asked about a tweet by President Donald Trump blaming poor forest management. Brown says forest management is only one element in tackling wildfire.

He also noted that the federal government has “more land than the state government.”

The governor says he would be willing to bring home National Guard troops from the border to help with fires if they’re needed.


2:40 p.m.

A Northern California businesswoman has taken in a 93-year-old World War II veteran who doesn’t know if his home in Paradise is still standing after a deadly wildfire swept through.

Tracy Grant encountered Lee Brundige while she was handing out hamburgers to evacuees at the Forebay Aquatic Center in Oroville, which is about 20 miles south of Paradise.

She says she convinced a reluctant Brundige to follow her home after sheriff’s deputies told people to clear out of the parking lot because of the smoke and worsening air quality.

Grant’s boyfriend, Josh Fox, brought home bags of new clothes for Brundige. Her small dog Axle keeps Brundige company in the recliner they share.

Brundige lived alone. His son in Southern California knows his father is OK.


2:20 p.m.

One of the Northern California fire’s victims was an ailing woman whose body was found in bed in a burned-out house in Concow, near Paradise.

Ellen Walker, who was in her early 70s, was home alone when the fire struck on Thursday, according to Nancy Breeding, a family friend.

Breeding said Walker’s husband was at work and called a neighbor to tell his wife to evacuate, but she was on medication and might not have been alert. He assumed she had escaped the inferno and was trying to find her at rescue centers until authorities confirmed her death late Friday.

“Yesterday a fireman took him to the house to confirm, she apparently died in bed,” Breeding said.

“This is a devastating thing, and it’s happening to so many people,” she added.


2:05 p.m.

Actor Gerard Butler and Camille Grammer Meyer of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” are among the celebrities whose homes have been damaged or destroyed in a Southern California wildfire.

Butler said on Instagram that his Malibu home is “half-gone,” and shared a photo of himself standing in front of a burned-out section of the house and a badly burned vehicle.

Meyer’s publicist Howard Bragman confirms that her house in Malibu was destroyed Saturday night. He says she’s grateful to have safely evacuated with her family, is appreciative of firefighters who have risked their lives fighting the blaze, and is grateful to the love and concern shown for her.

Alyssa Milano, Lady Gaga, Martin Sheen and Kim Kardashian West are among those who have evacuated from the wildfire that has destroyed at least 177 homes and left two people dead since it broke out Thursday.


2 p.m.

Lisa Jordan was driving down from Seattle to search for her uncle, Nick Clark and his wife Anne Clark, who are missing.

Jordan said two shelters told her that evacuees were coming in so fast that officials there couldn’t keep up with a roster and were instead directing inquiries about loved ones to a Red Cross database.

“We figured it’s better to drive down and look for them,” Jordan said in a telephone interview Sunday after crossing into California on her roughly 700-mile (1,000-kilometer) drive. “I heard on Twitter that all the shelters within a 75-mile (120-kilometer) are full.”

Jordan said her aunt suffers from multiple sclerosis and is unable to walk, and that it is unknown if they were able to evacuate from their home in Paradise.


1:55 p.m.

Union officials say at least 39 firefighters lost their homes as they tried to protect thousands of others from two deadly California wildfires.

International Association of Fire Fighters state service representative Tim Aboudara said Sunday that dozens of other firefighters’ homes likely also burned.

Officials have confirmed that 36 firefighters’ homes were among thousands destroyed in Northern California, most when the Sierra Foothills city of Paradise was leveled. Three are confirmed lost in a Southern California blaze south of Simi Valley.

The confirmed losses affect more than 110 family members and 75 pets. But all are believed to have escaped with their lives.

Most worked for the state’s firefighting agency, but some for the city of Chico and one who commuted to the San Francisco Bay Area.


1:15 p.m.

The Northern California sheriff overseeing search and rescue in a deadly wildfire says he feels guilty and blessed that his family is safe while others are mourning the loss of homes and family.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a press briefing Sunday that he is personally invested in anguished searches for missing family, including many who are frail and older.

Honea said he would update numbers on the dead, which was 23 as of Saturday, later Sunday. The Camp Fire is the third-deadliest fire on record in California and the death toll appeared likely to rise.

Relatives are trying to locate more than 100 people who are missing.

Honea said investigators can’t reach neighborhoods where there is active fire or downed power


12:05 p.m.

Sol Bechtold is driving shelter to shelter searching for his 75-year-old mother, who remains missing after her house burned down in Magalia, just north of Paradise, in Northern California.

Bechtold made a flyer with a photo of his mother, Joanne Caddy, which he posted on social media and was pinning to bulletin boards at shelters, and showing to displaced people there.

He found some of her neighbors, but they had not seen Caddy since the fire. Most had been working when the fire hit last week, and were unable to make it back to their neighborhood because roads were closed amid the advancing flames, Bechtold said in a telephone interview.

Caddy and her husband had moved to Magalia, a former gold-mining camp, from Fremont, California, in the Bay Area, 30 years ago.


11:55 a.m.

A mobile home community has suffered significant destruction from Southern California’s huge wildfire.

News helicopters have shown extensive devastation in Seminole Springs, which is nestled by a lake in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu.

Resident Lisa Kin says Sunday that when she smelled the fire she grabbed her dog Gidget and fled, and has since spent two nights at an evacuation center.

Kin says she fears the worst for her community, a mix of families and older people.


11:40 a.m.

The body of woman who died in the massive Northern California wildfire was found in bed in a burned house in Concow.

A family friend said Ellen Walker, who was in her 70s, was sick and home alone when the fire began Thursday morning.

Nancy Breeding said Walker’s husband Lon was at work and had called a neighbor to knock on the door to get his wife to evacuate, but it’s unclear whether she was alert at the time.

Breeding said Walker’s family had assumed she escaped the inferno until authorities confirmed her death late Friday.


11:15 a.m.

A celebrated 132-year-old Gold Rush-era wooden footbridge in Butte County is among the losses from a devastating Northern California wildfire.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 238-foot (73-meter) Honey Run Covered Bridge near Chico was leveled in the in the fire that ripped through the area late Thursday. All that’s left are charred wooden beams, rippled sheet metal and red steel beams protruding from concrete.

The newspaper says it is the only three-span truss bridge of its kind in the United States.

It was the backdrop for countless wedding and other celebration photos over the years and in recent years had been used for movie nights.

The Honey Run Covered Bridge was listed on the Register of Historic Places and even had its own association to look after it.


11:05 a.m.

A Northern California newspaper is among those searching for missing people in the wake of a deadly wildfire that started Thursday.

David Little, who is editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record and Oroville Mercury-Register, says they hope to hear from employees Dan Sloane and Sarah Release.

Sloane is a press operator who was scheduled to work Saturday but did not show. Sloane lives in Magalia, which is one of the places hit hard in Butte County.

Release works in classified ads and lives in Paradise, which was decimated by the Camp Fire.

Little says the publisher heard Sunday from friends of a second press operator who also lives in Magalia. The operator is safe.

Little says he hopes the employees are safe and hunkered down somewhere.


11:00 a.m.

A member of the Malibu City Council has been injured by the huge wildfire burning in Southern California.

Councilman Skylar Peak said Sunday that colleague Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner suffered burns trying to save his home, which burned down.

Peak says Wagner is hospitalized down the coast in Santa Monica and is expected to recover.

Wagner runs Zuma Jay Surfboards, a longtime fixture on Pacific Coast Highway near the landmark Malibu Pier.


10:18 a.m.

Strong Santa Ana winds have returned to Southern California, fanning a huge wildfire that has scorched a string of communities west of Los Angeles.

A one-day lull in the dry, northeasterly winds ended Sunday morning and authorities warn that the gusts will continue through Tuesday.

Fire officials say the lull allowed firefighters to gain 10 percent control of the so-called Woolsey fire, which has burned more than 130 square miles in western Los Angeles County and southeastern Ventura County since Thursday.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby says that means 90 percent of the fire lines are uncontained and there are numerous hotspots and plenty of fuel that has not burned.

Huge plumes of smoke are rising again in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley to the Malibu coast.


10:10 a.m.

Relatives are desperately trying to locate more than 100 people who are missing after a wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise in Northern California. Laurie Teague has been looking for her 80-year-old stepfather for days.

Teague has called two hospitals in the area in her search for Herb Alderman, but there was no sign of him. She called a third hospital but learned it had been destroyed in the fire after all patients were evacuated. She even called the coroner’s office.

After answering the phone on the first ring, Teague told a reporter she hopes a friend picked up her stepfather and took him to a shelter. However, Teague’s brother has checked several shelters, and not found him.

She said it’s been tough doing the search but is still holding out hope.


9:50 a.m.

A parking lot in Paradise, California, is a staging area for hearses as search teams try to find the bodies of casualties from a devastating wildfire.

Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The death toll stood at 23 Sunday and appeared likely to climb.

The hearses are waiting for calls from the forensic teams searching for bodies.

California Gov. Jerry Brown is requesting a “major disaster declaration” from the president for the wildfires burning at both ends of the state.

Two people died in Southern California fires.


9:45 a.m.

Chico police are searching for a man who stole a firefighter’s uniform shirt and then tried to sneak into his hotel room.

California Highway Patrol Lt. Denis Ford said Saturday that the thief broke into a marked fire department pickup truck from one of the numerous agencies fighting the fire that devastated the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise this week. He stole items including the uniform shirt marked with the firefighter’s last name Saturday.

The thief then wore the uniform shirt as he tried to talk a Chico hotel clerk into letting him into the firefighter’s room, using the last name. But Ford said the clerk grew suspicious in part because he couldn’t fully identify himself and he fled without being arrested.


9:30 a.m.

Authorities say more than 8,000 firefighters are battling three large wildfires at both ends of California that have destroyed thousands of structures and killed 25.

About 397 square miles (795 square kilometers) of California is burning with the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County being the largest.

The Camp Fire has killed 23 and is the third-deadliest wildfire on record in California.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has hit hard celebrity-studded Malibu as well as the city of Thousand Oaks, which was the site of a deadly shooting at a country music bar last week.

Weather conditions for fires are ripe, with strong winds continuing through Sunday in Northern California and through Tuesday in Southern California.

Firefighters from out of state continue to arrive to help.


9:20 a.m.

The wind-driven fire that ripped through the Northern California town of Paradise this week did not make a similar overnight run Sunday on the towns north east of Oroville as officials had feared it might.

“It definitely grew and it definitely grew in those areas,” said fire Capt. Bill Murphy, a spokesman for California’s firefighting agency. “It didn’t grow as much as we thought it potentially could based on the weather forecasts, but the wind will continue … so that potential still exists.”

High, gusty winds predicted from Sunday into Monday morning mean another 24 hours of “red flag” conditions that could spark “explosive fire behavior” of the sort that leveled Paradise and other Sierra Foothill communities Thursday, he said.

That first chaotic day, the fire spread about 20 miles, from the tiny town of Pulga west to the edge of Chico.

The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires across California stood at 25 Sunday and appeared likely to rise.


9 a.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown is requesting a “major disaster declaration” from the president for the wildfires burning at both ends of the state.

His office said in a statement Sunday that the declaration would bolster ongoing emergency assistance and help residents recover from fires burning in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

If granted, the declaration would make individuals eligible for crisis counseling, housing and unemployment help, and legal aid.

The Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County has killed 23 people and is the third-deadliest on record in the state.

The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires in California stood at 25 Sunday and appeared likely to rise.


8:30 a.m.

Conditions for firefighting in Southern California were favorable overnight and progress was made, but that’s expected to change.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Lucas Spelman says firefighters have achieved 10 percent containment of the largest of two fires in the region.

Forecasters, however, say the calm conditions will give way sometime Sunday morning to a new and prolonged round of Santa Ana winds, the withering gusts that blow out of the interior toward the coast.

The count of lost structures in both fires has reached 179, but that’s expected to rise as damage assessments continue.


7:40 a.m.

Firefighters battling the third-deadliest wildfire in California record fended off strong winds overnight and increased their handle on the blaze.

California fire spokesman David Clark said Sunday that the Camp Fire grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometers), from 164 square miles (425 square kilometers) Saturday night.

It is now 25 percent contained, up from 20 percent Saturday.

Clark says crews are at a “pivotal point” and that high winds and dry conditions similar to when the fire started Thursday are expected for the next 24 hours.

The fire has destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, nearly all of them homes, and killed 23 people.

A pair of fires burning in Southern California has killed two and 250,000 remain under evacuation orders.


7:30 a.m.

Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The death toll stood at 23 Sunday and appeared likely to climb.

With the town of Paradise reduced to a smoking ruin and the fire still raging in surrounding communities, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the Northern California county was bringing in a fifth search and recovery team.

An anthropology team from California State University at Chico was also assisting, because in some cases “the only remains we are able to find are bones or bone fragments.”

The department compiled a list of 110 people unaccounted for, but officials held out hope that many were safe but had no cellphones or some other way to contact loved ones.