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Deadly California fires ‘most destructive’ in the state history

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Patty Aguilar | 12 November, 2018, 14:05

Across the state, more than 250,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in a dramatic scene, which saw some flee from their cars on foot to escape the flames.

"There's not going to be any relief in this firefight", he said.

The large Camp Fire has nearly completed destroyed the northern California town of Paradise, which still has 35 people reported missing.

The Arizona crews could be in California for two weeks or more.

People sidestepped metal that melted off cars and Jet-Skis and donned masks as they surveyed ravaged neighborhoods despite an evacuation order for all of Paradise, a town of 27,000 founded in the 1800s. "I don't even know what to say".

His mother, Cathy Fallon, said she tries not to think of what she lost when her house burned to the ground.

As winds subsided temporarily on Saturday, fire officials assessing damage from a wildfire t hat burned through wealthy enclaves and working-class suburbs near Los Angeles said two people were found dead in a fire zone that more than doubled in size overnight. "We do not want any more lives lost".

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters The burnt wreckage of a vehicle is seen along a road as a flames are seen, in the aftermath of the Woolsey fire in Malibu, Southern Calif., on November 11, 2018.

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Two wildfires also continued to wreak havoc in southern California, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee.

Another 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured. "Our weather conditions out there, and our fuel conditions are absolutely right for fire".

President Donald Trump, who was in France for World War I commemorations, drew criticism online for his somewhat unsympathetic reaction to the devastation. Brown told a press briefing that federal and state governments must do more forest management but said that's not the source of the problem.

California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom responded on Twitter that this was "not a time for partisanship".

A raging Southern California wildfire has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

"Beverly Hills, 90210" star Doherty said her "heart is ripped apart" by the loss of a Malibu home where she and husband Kurt Iswarienko were married in 2011, posting on Instagram a wedding-day photo of the smiling couple on a tree-lined path at the property apparently owned by a friend.

It's not clear if "Fed payments" refer to federal firefighting assistance funds, via the US Forest Service, to which the federal government recently directed additional funds for the objective of fighting fires, to disaster relief funds promised by the White House as part of Friday's state of emergency declaration, or to both. "God is good. I'm just praying everyone is safe", tweeted Kim Kardashian West. He could not estimate the fire's likelihood to reach Oroville, but said the agency was monitoring the threat with crews around the fire's perimeter.

California emerged from a five-year drought last year but has had a very dry 2018. "It's like we're all walking around kind of in a trance". Their homes are cropping up ever closer to these features, which often have a propensity to burn. "We are trying to take advantage of this moment and make the most progress we can".

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