Filipinos near California wildfires advised to monitor situation from authorities

Published November 12, 2018, 7:18 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Roy Mabasa

Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto Jr. on Sunday advised the estimated 1.3 million members of the Filipino community in California to continuously monitor the situation and heed warnings from local authorities as forest fires continue to ravage hundreds of acres of land and properties in both ends of the State.

A burned out hot tub and a fireplace are all that remains of a house in Point Dume, Malibu, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. 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. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel/ MANILA BULLETIN)
A burned out hot tub and a fireplace are all that remains of a house in Point Dume, Malibu, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. 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 guests will continue through Tuesday. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Bensurto said the Consulate has not received any reports of Filipino casualties from the three areas of conflagration – the Camp Fire in Northern California, and the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California.

The Camp Fire has taken at least 29 lives as of Sunday (Monday in Manila) and leveled nearly the entire city of Paradise. It is now touted as the most destructive fire in the history of California.

Reports said more than 200 people were unaccounted for after the wildfire leveled the town of about 27,000. Authorities in the area had intensified efforts to locate bodies and those missing. lab and teams of anthropologists to help identify victims.

In the Southern California area, the “Woolsey Fire” ripped through Malibu’s high-end and suburban homes, where at least two people have died.

The Woolsey and Hill Fires prompted the evacuation of more than 250,000 people.

The Philippine government has conveyed its condolences to the families of the 31 people who perished in the wildfire.

Philippine Consul General to San Francisco Henry Bensurto Jr. on Sunday advised the estimated 1.3 million members of the Filipino Community in California to continuously monitor the situation and heed warnings from local authorities as forest fires continue to ravage hundreds of acres of land and properties in both ends of the State.

Bensurto said the Consulate has not received any reports of Filipino casualties from the three areas of conflagration – the Camp Fire in Northern California, and the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California.

The Camp Fire has taken at least 29 lives as of Sunday (Monday in Manila) and leveled nearly the entire city of Paradise. It is now touted as the most destructive fire in the history of California.

Reports said more than 200 people were unaccounted for after the wildfire leveled the town of about 27,000. Authorities in the area had intensified efforts to locate bodies and those missing. lab and teams of anthropologists to help identify victims.

In the Southern California area, the “Woolsey Fire” ripped through Malibu’s high-end and suburban homes, where at least two people have died.

The Woolsey and Hill Fires prompted the evacuation of more than 250,000 people.

The Philippine government has conveyed its condolences to the families of the 31 people who perished in the wildfire.

 
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