Everything We Know About the California Wildfires (And How to Help)

Firefighter unions level blistering response to Trump tweet about cutting aid for California fires

Nine bodies were found in the immediate aftermath of the destruction, and the remains of another 14 were discovered in later searches. Currently, the fire has only been contained by 25%.

The fires occurred after years of drought and increasingly deadly and destructive fire seasons.

An estimated 52,000 people have already evacuated the region, with more than 20 zones listed on the mandatory evacuation orders issued by Cal Fire.

"In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments", Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea told reporters.

Young explained that he has lost a home "before to a California wildfire, now another" while Doherty, who was out of town when the fire torched her neighborhood, wrote that her "heart is ripped apart" after losing the home where she married her husband in 2011.

"Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating", he tweeted.

Celebrities are among those who have lost their Malibu homes in blazes that have killed 31 people across California.

Wildfires continued to rage on both ends of the state, with gusty winds expected overnight which will challenge firefighters.

A lull on Saturday allowed some containment of the blazes, in the north and south of the state, but officials warned residents to stay away as they could again spread very rapidly.

Wind-driven flames move across Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 9, 2018, near Malibu, California. But the strong, dry Santa Ana winds that blow from the interior toward the coast returned after a one-day lull, fanning the flames.

Trump Says Disastrous California Wildfires Caused 'Catastrophic Destruction'
Two people have been found dead in Malibu while the Woolsey Fire continues to torment Ventura and Los Angeles counties . Ventura County fire chief Mark Lorenzen said some firefighters were "literally pulling people out of burning homes".

The largest inferno - the so-called "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento - has destroyed 6,700 homes, business and other buildings in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.

Authorities said that numerous bodies were recovered inside homes or found in cars overcome by flames.

Airplanes and helicopters swooped low over hills and canyons to drop loads of fire retardant and water.

They estimate they will need 3 weeks to fully contain the blaze.

Meteorologist David Gomberg told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that fire tornadoes were possible.

"While fire fighters and civilians are still in harm's way, the president even suggested cutting off necessary funding to keep Americans safe".

He added, "Moreover, almost 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control".

"His comments are reckless and insulting to the firefighters and people being affected", said Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Trump, on a trip to France, said in a Twitter post early Sunday, "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

The rock legend posted a scathing response to Trump's criticism of the department's "forest management" on his website.

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