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The forecast for crews battling the California wildfires was anything but promising Monday. Near hurricane-force gusts may be in the cards for some already scorched areas.
This, as the death toll from blazes ravaging both ends of California rose to at least 31 after the remains of several more people were found Sunday.
Gov. Jerry Brown is requesting a "major disaster declaration" from President Trump.
The so-called "Camp Fire" leveled nearly the entire city of Paradise, scorching thousands of homes and leaving its business district in ruins. More than 200 people were unaccounted for after the wildfire decimated the town of about 27,000, as crews stepped up search efforts for bodies and the missing. Authorities called in a DNA lab and teams of anthropologists to help identify victims.
The "Camp Fire," which began Thursday, has taken at least 29 lives and destroyed more than 6,700 structures, almost all of them homes. It's considered the most destructive fire in state history, and the death toll matches California's record for deaths in a single fire.
In Southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" tore through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes. At least two people have perished in that blaze. Along with the "Hill Fire," it prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people.