Devastating California wildfires kill several people

California wildfire leaves town in ruins, thousands flee

The dead were found inside their cars and outside vehicles or homes after a desperate evacuation that Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea called "the worst-case scenario".

Among the nine people killed by the Camp Fire, four were found in vehicles burned by the fire, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said. "Regrettably, not everybody made it out".

Spectrum customers in the wildfire area were without cable and Internet service Saturday morning as fix teams worked to restore service, a statement from the company said.

President Trump threatened to cut federal funding to California over "poor" management as deadly wildfires ravage parts of the state.

Trump said "billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

Dozens of other people were reported missing.

Across the state, more than 250,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in a dramatic scene, which saw some flee from their cars on foot to escape the flames.

So far, all nine fatalities were reported in the town of Paradise, in Butte County, where more than 6,700 buildings - a lot of them residences - have been consumed by the late-season inferno, which is now California's most destructive fire on record.

A fierce wildfire is burning through Southern California's upscale beach resort of Malibu - home to many Hollywood stars - destroying buildings and forcing residents to flee.

The Chico Fire Department said: "Firefighters continue to actively engage the fire in order to protect life and property".

The Arizona firefighters are a minimum 14-day assignment.

Large wildfires have prompted evacuations of more than 150,000 people in areas near Sacramento and Los Angeles.

Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked.

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"We were driving through fire on each side of the road", police officer Mark Bass said.

Rich or not, famous or not, there was little reprieve Saturday from the California wildfires sweeping through towns as different as the star-filled oceanside enclave of Malibu and the modest communities nearby and in the state's north.

The singer Lady Gaga said she had evacuated her Malibu home, posting a video on Instagram that showed dark smoke billowing overhead. They're expecting another big wind event there. Authorities estimated that more than 6,000 structures were destroyed.

"It was devastating out here in Malibu", Jenner said.

In Ventura County, most of the town of Thousand Oaks was ordered evacuated, adding to the anguish days after a gunman killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at a bar.

Three-quarters of the city of 130,000 was under evacuation orders, Thousand Oaks mayor Andy Fox said.

The fast-moving blaze in the north, which authorities have named the "Camp Fire", broke out early Thursday. "This is a very risky wind-driven fire". "We're working very hard to get people out". He said another victim was found near a vehicle but outside it. They were backed up by helicopters and water tankers. "We don't want any more".

Others were left to wait. "They'll get assignments to a fire to help with suppression efforts on some of the fires that are burning there right now, or they'll be staging".

Officials took advantage of temporarily calm conditions to assess damage from the blaze that has burned 109 square miles (282 square kilometers) north and west of downtown Los Angeles.

The blaze also destroyed the home of "Dr".

Together, the Woolsey and Hill fires had burned almost 40,000 acres (16,200 hectares) in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, by Friday evening. A 15-mile long section of the coastal communities were invaded by flames, which then crossed the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) along a five-mile stretch near the Mulholland Highway and Decker Road.

Another fire was burning farther west in Ventura County, also moving toward the ocean.

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