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The Woolsey Fire is 78 percent contained, California fire officials stated on Friday evening.
The blaze, which has been raging now more than a week after starting on Nov. 8, has burned 98,362 acres and destroyed an estimated 713 structures. The number of damaged structures increased to 201. Fire crews are aiming for full containment by Monday.
Three deaths have been linked to the fire and numerous people have been hurt, including three firefighters.
Fire crews are hoping cooler temperatures, the possibility of rain in Los Angeles and winds dying down will allow them to make serious headway in their efforts.
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 has become one of the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history.
He also said President Trump pledged to him all necessary federal resources. Trump is reportedly set to meet with some of the victims over the weekend. At first, the president blamed the state for the wildfires, but after major backlash, he changed course and tweeted support for the firefighters and residents.
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.
. We are thankful that there were no reports of injuries and that everyone’s family got to safety before the inferno reached their property.””]
Nov. 16, 6:45 p.m. Updated with new containment, structures damaged numbers as of Friday evening.
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