President Trump Threatens to Pull Federal Funding Over Deadly California Wildfires

Woolsey Fire in Ventura County nearly doubles overnight to 70,000 acres, Hwy. 101 still closed | The Modesto Bee

At least nine people have been killed and the entire town of Paradise, in northern California has been destroyed.

By late on Friday night, firefighters had halted the advance of the smaller blaze, but the Woolsey fire surged. It was 25 percent contained on Saturday morning, Cal Fire said.

At least 200 deputies will be in the five Los Angeles County cities effected by the fire - Westlake Village, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and Malibu - doing property evaluations and looking for any possible looters, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Chief John Benedict said.

Firefighters have been unable to build any containment lines around the Woolsey Fire, but officials said they hoped to take advantage of a lull in winds on Saturday to make progress.

Local sheriffs' offices have reported a total of nine dead in the Camp Fire, as authorities have named it.

"I don't have all of the details because we have investigators out on the field" trying to reach the locations where casualties were reported, Honea told reporters. Another individual was found outside a vehicle, three bodies were found outside homes and one was found inside the home. There are still 35 people missing. Bus drivers drove through flames to help out, he said.

Ventura County fire chief Mark Lorenzen said some firefighters were "literally pulling people out of burning homes".

People sidestepped metal that melted off cars and Jet-Skis and donned masks as they surveyed ravaged neighborhoods despite an evacuation order for all of Paradise, a town of 27,000 founded in the 1800s. "All of it is engulfed in flames right now". The fire consumed their home, but left the barn intact.

Osby said losses to homes were "significant" but did not say how many had burned.

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As The Washington Post's Angela Fritz wrote in July, a hotter-than-average summer and dry winter have "led to tinder-dry vegetation", in areas scorched by the Carr fire during Redding, California's hottest July on record. The TV series "Westworld" is among the many productions that have filmed at the ranch in the mountains west of Los Angeles.

President Donald Trump showed no sympathy for the famously liberal state.

Trump says Saturday via Twitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California". He added that "billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

About 250,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes in the face of the Hill and Woolsey fires in southern California, including the city of Malibu, home to a number of Hollywood celebrities.

Some evacuees sheltered at a teen center that just a day earlier was where grieving family members had gathered to receive news on the fate of loved ones who had been in the Borderline Bar and Grill, where 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long carried out an attack that shook a city that had been considered one of the safest cities in the nation.

"We heard this was coming so we set up the sprinklers and we hosed the whole house down", said Malibu resident Patrick Henry. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed".

A fast-moving wildfire engulfed the Sierra foothills in northern California, decimating Paradise - a town of 30,000 people located 87 miles (140 kilometers) north of the state capital of Sacramento. She said those crews could have a number of different tasks.

"We're fine, we're at Zuma Beach and we're probably going to sleep in the vehicle tonight", Martin Sheen told Fox News 11, addressing his adult children.

Singers Lady Gaga and Cher, actors Scott Baio and Rainn Wilson, and movie director Guillermo del Toro were among those whose houses are in danger.

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