Cory Iverson, 32, died on Thursday of burns and smoke inhalation
Fire north-west of LA was 40% contained as work against blaze continues
As thousands of firefighters tried to shield coastal communities from one of the biggest wildfires in California history, a funeral procession for one of their number rolled past burn-scarred hillsides and overpasses lined with mourners. Firefighter Cory Iverson, 32, died on Thursday of burns and smoke inhalation. His funeral procession was due to wind through five southern California counties before ending up at a funeral home in San Diego, where he was based with a state fire engine strike team. He is survived by his pregnant wife and a two-year-old daughter.
Sarah-Jayne Clifton says countries such as Antigua and Barbuda need debt cancellation, and assistance to help them rebuild should be grants, not loans, while Ian Tysh tears into Theresa May’s domestic climate change policies For many countries impacted by the negative impacts of climate change, much more money is leaving in debt payments than they receive in grants to cope with climate impacts <(a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/12/theresa-may-uk-green-economy" title="">Theresa May: It’s Britain’s duty to help nations hit by climate change, 12 December). Even before this autumn’s devastating hurricanes, Caribbean countries were suffering under unsustainable debts caused by the legacy of colonialism, unjust trade rules, harsh austerity measures imposed in return for bailouts, and past disasters. Now countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica, are expected to keep paying debts while struggling to rebuild.
Horses at the San Luis Rey training centre in San Diego fled from their enclosure as wildfires engulf the area. Volunteers loosened the fence of a pen enclosing the animals who quickly ran away, panicked by the thick smoke
Mandatory evacuations around Montecito and Summerland came as winds roared with gusts of up to 60mph Santa Barbara has turned into a “ghost town” after residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighbouring Summerland came as winds that had eased a day earlier roared back at around 30mph (48kph), with gusts to about 60mph. Firefighters sprayed water on to hot spots sparked by wind-blown embers. Firefighters also drove to the historic San Ysidro Ranch in yellow fire trucks as heavy smoke rose from the coastal hills, blotting out the blue skies.
Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters.
Five people dead and at least 15 missing after night of torrential downpours triggered slip near Chaiten in coastal Patagonia A mudslide has torn through a small village in southern Chile near a popular national park, leaving five people dead and at least 15 missing after a night of torrential downpours, authorities said. A video taken from a helicopter by Chilean police showed a vast swath of the remote town of Villa Santa Lucia, near Chaiten in coastal Patagonia, buried beneath the mud as the landslide ploughed its way down a flooded river valley on Saturday.
Third-largest wildfire in state history threatens 18,000 buildings
One firefighter has died in huge effort to contain the blaze
New evacuation orders were issued on Saturday in Santa Barbara County, California, as wind gusts up to 60mph pushed the third-largest wildfire in state history towards a wealthy enclave which is home to Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities.