31 dead in California wildfires, Florida recount and Veterans Day: 5 things you need to know Monday

California wildfires, Florida recount and Veterans Day: 5 things you need to know Monday

Editors, USA TODAYPublished 3:40 a.m. ET Nov. 12, 2018 | Updated 9:19 a.m. ET Nov. 12, 2018

California’s inferno continues

The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag warnings until Monday morning for vast swaths of Northern California as wildfires continued to burn after killing at least 31 people throughout the state, destroying thousands of homes and forcing 250,000 to flee. In Northern California, the Camp Fire in Butte County laid waste to the town of Paradise, a community of 30,000 people 90 miles north of Sacramento. The fire burned so hot it peeled the paint off firetrucks, melted tires and blew out windows. “It just looked like Dante’s Inferno,” said evacuee John Yates, 65. In Southern California, the Woolsey Fire had burned at least 177 buildings, sparing not the glitzy Malibu homes of stars such as actor Gerard Butler. Gusty winds were forecast through Tuesday and picked up again Sunday.

Ferocious flames in southern California neared coastal homes along the famed Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu area. Footage of the wind-driven wildfire was taken by a crew on board a Los Angeles County Fire Department Firehawk helicoper. USA TODAY

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