Arizona firefighters head to California to fight Woolsey, Camp and Hill fires

Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp Fire rips through Paradise California on Thursday November 8. A state of emergency has been declared in Butte County where thousands have been forced to evacuate

Arizona firefighters head to California to fight Woolsey, Camp and Hill fires

Law enforcement authorities in Northern California said late Friday nine people have died in a wildfire, one of three in the state that have leveled more than 6,400 homes and forced widespread evacuations.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted Saturday.

President Trump has blamed the large-scale devastation on gross mismanagement of the forests and warned of funding cuts.

California has been granted federal funds to battle devastating wildfires that have destroyed entire neighborhoods and killed at least five people.

"This event was the worst-case scenario".

Two people were arrested on suspicion of looting Friday, Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow said during a press conference Saturday morning. "Regrettably, not everybody made it out".

Crews were already assisting efforts to put out the Woolsey Fire, which has burned 70,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Winds that drove the flames through bone-dry hills and canyons north and west of downtown Los Angeles were expected to die down until Sunday, when they would build again to 35 miles per hour with even higher gusts, forecasters predicted.

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Further north, another huge wildfire destroyed the town of Paradise, leaving nine people dead and 35 missing.

The company said one of its electrical transmission lines in Butte County experienced a problem at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, and Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) officials said the blaze began several minutes later.

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

The 20,000 acre (8,100 hectare) Camp Fire, which started on Thursday near Camp Creek, has destroyed the town of Paradise.

In Southern California, the Santa Ana winds pushing the fires are expected to remain strong in Ventura and Los Angeles counties through Tuesday, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said Monday.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the victims were located in vehicles that were overcome by the Camp Fire", said a statement by the Butte County Sheriff's Department, adding that they had yet to be identified.

"There are millions and millions and millions of dollars going into fighting fires", Bonnicksen said, "but there are not millions and millions and millions of dollars going into preventing the fires". The state agency is responsible for providing wildfire relief throughout most of the state. The flames turned what it touched to ash as it forced a citywide Malibu evacuation and sent residents scrambling to find a way out of the burn area. The authorities informed the residents that they should evacuate immediately.

On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 101 and headed into coastal areas. Evacuation centers also were established at Canoga Park Senior High School at 6850 Topanga Canyon Canoga Park, at Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center at 5005-C Los Angeles Simi Valley and at Taft High School at 5461 Winnetka Woodland Hills, although it was reported to be at capacity.

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