Actor Gerard Butler shares photo of Malibu home destroyed by California wildfire

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Alongside the photo he wrote: "Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating".

The 41-year-old singer said on Instagram that he, his girlfriend and his two kids are "safe and surrounded by friends and family" and were thankful to firefighters.

In fire zones in north and south California - where a total of at least 31 people have died - acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible.

Meanwhile, two deadly wildfires fuelled by so-called "devil winds" have torn through opposite ends of California, with residents urged to heed evacuation orders by officials who themselves were forced to leave their homes.

He said officials were moving resources and preparing for "the next set of fires" as winds are expected to pick up.

The Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire are also causing severe damage to parts of southern California.

Officials and relatives held out hope that many of those unaccounted for were safe and simply had no cellphones or other ways to contact loved ones.

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler's house in California has been destroyed by wildfires.

A fire truck stands by as the Camp Fire burns in the hills on November 11, 2018 near Big Bend, California.

As the state gets warmer each year, the threat of wildfires damaging property and taking lives grows more imminent. The severely burned bodies were discovered in a long residential driveway in Malibu, home to a multitude of Hollywood celebrities.

The 29 dead in Northern California matched the deadliest single fire on record, a 1933 blaze in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, though a series of wildfires in Northern California wine country last fall killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes.

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Ventura county is also the location of a mass shooting this week that killed 12 people.

Milano said her house is "still in jeopardy" as strong winds kicked up again Sunday.

The disaster, which started on November 8 and quickly spread across sections of the state, has already destroyed about 7,000 buildings and devastated more than 42,000 hectares of the western U.S. state of California's territory.

USA authorities say more than 8,000 firefighters are battling three large wildfires in California that have destroyed thousands of structures.

Hot dry winds expected to blow until Tuesday whipped up the flames and heightened the urgency of evacuation orders, officials said.

Firefighters made progress against the blaze, holding containment at 25 percent on Sunday, but they were bracing for gusty winds predicted into Monday morning that could spark "explosive fire behavior", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Bill Murphy said.

California Governor Jerry Brown asked US President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to boost the emergency response and help recovery efforts.

The first fatality of the California wildfires has been identified as an ailing woman who was found dead in her bed in her burned-out northern California home.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago".

Breeding said Walker's husband was at work and called a neighbor to tell his wife to evacuate, but she was on medication and might not have been alert. He assumed she had escaped the inferno and was trying to find her at rescue centres until authorities confirmed her death late Friday. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", said Cal Fire Captain Scott McLean.