With California on Fire, Trump Threatens to Withhold Fire Aid


In the south of the state, near Malibu, another blaze that started on Friday claimed two more lives while thousands have fled and firefighters continued to battle all fronts.

The blaze, whose cause remains under investigation, swept through the foothill town of Paradise, laying waste to the community of 27,000, reported The Sacramento Bee.

The region has grappled with serious wildfires in recent years, including the worst in the state's history - the Mendocino fire in 2018.

"Our neighbor and his daughter stayed, we haven't been able to get hold of them and they live right below us", said Jodie Colvard, who was not present when the evacuation took place.

Climate change, Osby said, was undeniably a part of why the fires burning in northern and southern California were more devastating and destructive than in years past.

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

Firefighters gained modest ground overnight against the blaze, which grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) from the day before but was 25 percent contained, up from 20 percent, according to state fire agency, Cal Fire.

The Camp Fire left the mayor of Paradise, population 26,000, in shock. For an immediate example, the Camp fire in the north, which devastated Paradise, has diverted resources that drier areas of southern California could once rely on for backup.

The Southern California wildfire continues to burn homes as it runs toward the sea. Three victims were found outside their homes, and one was found inside a home.

But the flames also burned inland through hills and canyons dotted with modest homes, reached into the corner of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, and stretched into suburbs like Thousand Oaks, a city of 130,000 people that just a few days ago saw 12 people killed in a mass shooting at a country and western bar.

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

Gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and 70 miles per hour (113 kph), the so-called Santa Ana "devil wind", were expected in the Los Angeles area where crews are fighting the Woolsey Fire. Fox LA reports two people were arrested for looting Friday. By Saturday morning, that number had jumped to nine.

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

The blaze also destroyed the home of "Dr".

But an expected narrow window of calm is giving firefighters hope of slowing the flames that have marched a path of destruction toward the sea, burning everything from mobile homes to mansions.

The entire town of Malibu was evacuated due to the threat of the fire.

Wearing masks because the air was still heavy with smoke, people sidestepped metal that had melted off of cars or Jet-Skis as they surveyed their ravaged neighborhoods. Director Scott Derrickson showed the devastation done to his home in a tweet as well.

The damage toll from the fire remained unknown, but Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said there has been "significant structural losses". "Typically we would rely on our partners to the north to come".

McGregor said he probably would not rebuild: "I have nothing here to go back to".