Death Toll Hits 25 From Wildfires At Both Ends Of California

9 Dead In California Wildfire Hollywood Celebs Evacuated

California wildfires kill 9; celebrities, others flee beach city

California Governor Jerry Brown asked US President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to boost the emergency response and help recovery efforts. Trump wrote on his Twitter page on late Saturday.

Fanned by high winds and fueled by low humidity and dry vegetation, California's fires have spread rapidly Thursday and overnight into Friday.

"These California fires are expanding very, very quickly (in some cases 80-100 acres a minute)".

The fire has destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes, and killed 23 people.

Many bodies recovered from the Camp Fire were found inside or near homes or in vehicles, officials said.

Fire burned in famously ritzy coastal spots like Malibu, where Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Guillermo del Toro and Martin Sheen were among those forced out of their homes amid a citywide evacuation order.

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A shortwave infrared (SWIR) satelite image of the Camp Fire in Magalia, Paradise, California, on Friday.

The firefighters are on a minimum 14-day assignment where they will be asked to perform tasks including wildfire suppression, acting as backfill for local fire departments and staging for new fire starts if winds alter the fire growth patterns.

The blaze, which spewed massive plumes of thick black smoke, also threatened parts of the nearby town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people earlier this week in a shooting rampage at a college bar, stunning the bucolic Southern California community with a reputation for safety.

The Camp Fire, which is 25 percent contained, was among three fires that begin Thursday in California.

More than 8,000 firefighters in all battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds starting up again. Crews had cut containment lines around about 20 per cent of the blaze.

Wildfire raged on both sides of the city still in mourning, where about three-quarters of the population are under evacuation orders that officials urged them to heed. The state agency is responsible for providing wildfire relief throughout most of the state.

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School officials told the students that they have been assured by fire officials that the university's buildings were built to withstand fire. Trump said "billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

Also in Ventura County, the Hill Fire has burned through 4,531 acres and was 70 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

A fire briefing is scheduled for Saturday morning to transition Woolsey to CalFire as a Type 1 incident. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

"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".

Rice also said Trump's assertion that California's forest management policies are to blame "is dangerously wrong".

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