Trump Threatens to Withhold Fed Funds for California Wildfire Fight

Trump Threatens to Withhold Fed Funds for California Wildfire Fight

Wildfires in California spread to the beach resort of Malibu, where there are homes of many Hollywood stars.

United States President Donald Trump has said "gross mismanagement of forests" is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people were killed and hundreds of thousands forced to flee.

It is one of three major blazes that firefighters are battling across the state.

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

It doubled in size in hours - turning well over 141 square kilometres into ash and fields of glowing red embers. Fanned by strong winds, it has scorched 90,000 acres (36,400 hectares) and is only five percent contained, the California Fire Department (Cal Fire) said late Friday.

Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire has grown to almost 110 square miles (285 square kilometers) after destroying the town of Paradise.

People are now staying in shelters in the town of Chico, some 14 miles away. The fast-moving blaze consumed most of Paradise, a town roughly 80 miles north of Sacramento.

The lull allowed firefighters to gain 10 per cent control of the Woolsey fire, which has burned more than 130 square miles (335 square kilometres) in western Los Angeles County and southeastern Ventura County since Thursday.

Two other fires broke out in southern California, one in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday night.

"It's devastating. It's like "welcome to hell", resident Cynthia Ball said.

'I don't even know what to say.

"It is critical that residents pay close attention to evacuation orders", the Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter.

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The Woolsey blaze also destroyed the home of "Dr". Firefighters scrambled in the narrow window of calm to try to block the two wildfires that have blazed a path of destruction toward the sea.

Residents took matters into their own hands.

Along with a natural color view of the area, the satellite uses Shortwave Infrared technology to penetrate the thick smoke clouding the area to show where the flames have passed and where they're still alight. Two men with shovels struggled to dig a firebreak in front of a line of burning brush.

About 3,500 people were under mandatory evacuation, Spelman said.

"I think there are lots and lots of people who think of Malibu as just being a celebrity second-home culture", Bowen said at the Culver City event, "but there are people who is this is their first, last and only homes are there and going all up and down those canyons and they're not necessarily, "who cares they're rich and glamorous they can afford to lose a home".

In West Hills, David Fink chose to stay and watch his house.

'Things started exploding, ' said resident Gina Oviedo.

"The wind came up, and it was just raining (embers), and I was just burning on my arms", he said.

Fallon went back to his property, where he, and his parents and their animals weathered the fire with a garden hose.

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. "I'm sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames".

Napoli left with her friend, the friend's son and her mother who is in her 90s and had to leave behind her oxygen tank. "We're working very hard to get people out".

"We never heard from them again", Lee said.

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