Trump Says Disastrous California Wildfires Caused 'Catastrophic Destruction'

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Ten of the total victims were in Paradise.

Evacuation orders are being lifted in some Southern California fire areas, but the statewide death count from the California wildfires now stands at 25, making it tied for the deadliest fire in the state's history.

Two people have been found dead in Malibu while the Woolsey Fire continues to torment Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

But he contended, "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor". "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!"

On Sunday morning he posted: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

California Rep. Adam Schiff blasted the president on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday over his threat to revoke funding.

While firefighters made headway on containing the fires Saturday, the return of powerful winds a day later threatened that progress, particularly for the Woolsey Fire in Southern California. "In my view, this shameful attack on California is an attack on all our courageous men and women on the front lines".

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

Because they were burned so badly, the bodies could not be identified immediately. Most of the surrounding structures were leveled. In August, Trump erroneously blamed the state's fires on "bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilised". Strong winds, low humidity, drought and vegetation so dry as to act as matchsticks exacerbated the flames.

The fire still was threatening Stirling City and Paradise Pines, and was headed toward Oroville. Luckily we quickly evacuated our house yesterday after a patrol auto drove up the street announcing mandatory evacuations.

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"We have all kinds of tools to help us do this smarter, to build in a more sustainable way and to co-exist with fire", he said. "We tried to defend them with garden hoses, but it wasn't enough".

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago". But I'm 70, and Joe is 71. The larger Camp Fire in the north has killed five and destroyed the town of Paradise.

In Butte County, 24,320 of 47,313 customers were without power, according to Powerutages.us.

The count of lost structures in both Southern California fires climbed to almost 180, authorities said, and that number seemed certain to rise.

(AP) - California fire spokesman David Clark said Sunday that the Camp Fire grew slightly to 109,000 acres, up from 105,000 Saturday evening.

"This is just a lull", Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, "so we're going to take advantage of that and try to get as much line perimeter in as we can with the expectation that we will get more winds tomorrow".

Anthropologists are working alongside coroners to help examine body parts sifted from scorched rubble.

Pepperdine University lifted a shelter-in-place order Saturday, and said all students were safe and free to leave. And the mansion used for ABC's The Bachelor escaped destruction, according to City News Service.

The fire has burned through over 83,000 acres and is now only 10 per cent contained. Two structures have been destroyed.

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