Wildfires Rage in California, Trump Blames ‘Forest Mismanagement’

Wildfires Rage in California, Trump Blames ‘Forest Mismanagement’

Wildfires Rage in California, Trump Blames ‘Forest Mismanagement’

As winds subsided temporarily on Saturday, fire officials assessing damage from a wildfire t hat burned through wealthy enclaves and working-class suburbs near Los Angeles said two people were found dead in a fire zone that more than doubled in size overnight.

Named the 'Camp Fire, ' it's the most destructive one in state history, surpassing last October's Tubbs Fire, which leveled over 5,600 structures. On Friday, authorities announced five people had died in the fire attempting to escape in their vehicles.

The sheriff says they have taken 35 reports of missing people.

In less than two days, the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire, which is also burning in Southern California, prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people.

Two people were arrested in looting incidents Friday during the evacuations, according to Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow.

Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro also confirmed he had been evacuated and feared for his home and his extensive movie memorabilia collection, while former EastEnders star Patsy Palmer, who now lives near Los Angeles, was also forced to leave her home.

The charred remains of fourteen more victims have been found in and around a Northern California town overrun by flames from a massive wildfire, officials said on Saturday, raising the death toll to 23.

The blaze began Thursday, and propelled by strong winds had by Friday approached the Pacific coast. They were discovered in the area of a winding stretch of Mulholland Highway with steep panoramic views, where on Saturday the roadway was littered with rocks, a few large boulders and fallen power lines, some of them still on fire.

Representatives for Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who was elected on Tuesday to replace Jerry Brown, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fire officials said three firefighters and some civilians were hurt, but details about their injuries were unknown. More than 50,000 people evacuated the area, and at least nine were killed. Their husks stand next to other cars that remain unscathed. Most of the surrounding structures were leveled. Officials said earlier that 150 houses had been destroyed and the number would rise.

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

The Woolsey Fire is threatening about 75,000 homes in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles.

All 13,000 residents of Malibu, which is 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, were told to get out on Friday.

Meanwhile, a set of other wildfires continued to burn and threaten regions about 500 miles away in Southern California.

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

The fire was initially small but has been fuelled by 50mph and tinder-dry forests.

President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in the state of California and ordered federal assistance to local resources, but also took to Twitter to blame "gross mismanagement" of the state's forest system for the devastating fires.

California Professional Firefighters President Brian K. Rice issued the following response to the president's threat. The fires in So. "My hometown of Paradise is on fire".

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