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The Woolsey Fire is a little more than half-way contained, authorities said on Thursday morning.
So far, the southern California blaze, which has been raging since Nov. 8, has burned 98,362 acres and destroyed more than 500 structures. Ninety-six structures have been damaged. Containment is at 57 percent. Fire crews are aiming for full containment by Monday.
A third body was located Tuesday in the burn zone. Believed to be linked to the fire, the victim was found in a burned-down house. Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are investigating all three fatalities. Multiple people have sustained injuries, including three firefighters.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday said he signed an executive order to speed up the process of aiding those who have lost everything in what have become the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history. He also said President Trump pledged to him all necessary federal resources.
The Woolsey Fire has displaced more than 250,000 people and destroyed vineyards, historical sites and homes, including residences of those in the industry such as actor Gerard Butler, director Scott Derrickson and artists Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus and Neil Young.
A number of stars have tried to help firefighters and evacuees by donating their time and money, including Lady Gaga and Dave Grohl. Countless others have implored their social media followers to donate to either victims’ funds or firefighter foundations.
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