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With California on Fire, Trump Threatens to Withhold Fire Aid

With California on Fire, Trump Threatens to Withhold Fire Aid

The fire in the picture is highlighted, and beneath that smoke the flames are encroaching on the northern California community of Paradise, where it's estimated that up to 90% of homes have been destroyed.

Maclean said no details were immediately available about the circumstances of the deaths and that the victims' badly burned condition would make identification hard. Some 52,000 people remained evacuated from various towns.

A Butte County Sheriff deputy surveys a burned out home destroyed by the Camp fire in Paradise, California, US on November 10, 2018.

Blackened husks of cars and buses were strewn about roadways in apocalyptic scenes, photos showed, as the chaotic evacuation caused widespread gridlock and forced many people to abandon their vehicles and flee on foot. Another individual was found outside a vehicle there.

Firefighters are battling raging blazes at both ends of California, but there is little hope of containing the flames anytime soon.

The "Woolsey Fire" had consumed around 69,000 acres, destroyed at least 150 homes and was so far not contained, the Ventura County Fire Department said, adding that evacuation orders were issued for some 88,000 homes in the county and neighboring Los Angeles County. At one point, it grew by a average of more than one football field every three seconds.

State officials have blamed climate change and say numerous burn areas have been in federally-managed lands.




Malibu is one of the most in-demand locations in California for stars seeking privacy and luxury. "They won't let us in the area", Milano wrote Saturday morning local time, before adding, "There are no words for this kind of devastation".

An additional 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured.

Three major fires are now raging in California, with the Camp Fire hitting its north, and the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire hitting its south. "It's going to be a process - a lot of hard work, a lot of coming together".

School officials told the students that they have been assured by fire officials that the university's buildings were built to withstand fire. They're expecting another big wind event there.

Woolsey Fire was threatening 75,000 homes and more than 200,000 people were under mandatory evacuation early on Saturday. It crossed U.S. Highway 101 just a few miles east of Thousand Oaks, where 12 people died in a bar shooting Wednesday night.

President Trump on Twitter slammed California's "gross mismanagement" of state forests for the "massive, deadly and costly" fires, and threatened to withhold federal aid.

"Our focus is on the Californians impacted by these fires and the first responders and firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property - not on the President's inane and uninformed tweets", Evan Westrub, a spokesman for California Governor Jerry Brown said in an email. "It doesn't seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor", Kardashian West said.

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