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9 Dead In California Wildfire Hollywood Celebs Evacuated

The comments were Trump's first about massive wildfires, including a blaze that incinerated most of the Northern California town of Paradise and killed at least nine people. "Usually, you get like one, or two, or three [homes burned], but to have whole blocks of houses wiped out, or neighborhoods gone-I wasn't here for the La Costa fire, but it's kind of reminiscent of that, I think".

Another 35 people were reported missing, McLean said.

Continuing, Rice explained that Trump's "assertion that California's forest management policies are to blame for catastrophic wildfire is dangerously wrong".

The flames also stretched into the suburb of 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 music bar. Among them were some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

"The fire guys that I talked to-they said it was overwhelming", Gelbman said.

Honea said that a total of 23 people had died in the fire near the town of Paradise, about 290km northeast of San Francisco.

There's no word on what sparked the fires Thursday.

It doubled in size in hours - turning well over 141 square kilometres into ash and fields of glowing red embers.

Tens of thousands of people fled the Camp Fire, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and evacuated on foot.

"There's not going to be any relief in this firefight", he said.

In Paradise, the flames destroyed hundreds of homes, a hospital, a gas station, several restaurants and numerous vehicles, officials said.

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An official report of affected structures and areas is not immediately available, as authorities struggle with the fast-moving, vast wildfire. In fact, many areas have burned before and despite warnings from experts like Dr. Moritz and promises from Sacramento to do something about it, communities insist on creating more fuel for these fires by overbuilding.

"Usually the winds here come off the water - they are wet and cool".

Three firefighters of the 4,000 battling the blaze have been injured.

States of emergency have been declared in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where around 250,000 residents, including in the tony enclave of Malibu, have been evacuated. Meanwhile, Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu home has reportedly burned down.

Shares of PG&E, which provides electricity in Northern California, fell more than 16%, the most since 2002.

PG&E is still struggling to cope with losses from last year's deadly fires that could cost it as much as $17.3 billion in liabilities, according to a JPMorgan Chase & Co. estimate.

This photo taken from video provided by CBS2/KCAL9 shows a wildfire burning in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday afternoon, November 8, 2018. Studies have said wildfires often start due to extremely dry conditions, such as droughts that are spurred by climate change.

U.S. president Donald Trump, who is now in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, took to Twitter early Saturday morning to blame poor forest management for the fires now laying ruin to the state.

The death toll made the fire the third-deadliest on record in the state, another statistic for a blaze now logged at 164 sq miles that has cost at least $8.1m to fight so far, said Steve Kaufmann, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Pasadena California Firefighters Association responded to the president on Twitter. The fires in So. "It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California", he pointed out.

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