Trump blames ‘gross mismanagement’ for Calif. wildfires, threatens to withhold federal money

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

Five people of the dead were found in cars in a town that was destroyed by the Camp Fire in the state's north.

The flames descended on Paradise so quickly that many people were forced to abandon their cars and run for their lives down the sole road through the mountain town.

"Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean told KTVU on Friday. The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday at least five people have died. A state fire official said the Camp Fire had almost quadrupled overnight to 285 square kilometers.

More worrying is the Woolsey Fire, which threatens about 75,000 homes in both Ventura and Los Angeles Counties - including the entire city of Malibu.

Wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour (80 to 113 kph) were expected in the mountains of Ventura County and up to 50 miles per hour in the valleys and coastal areas of the county, the NWS said.

A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu, Calif., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

While stars including Alyssa Milano and Guillermo del Toro gave status updates and expressed their thanks to have escaped unscathed, Caitlyn Jenner wasn't as lucky, with TMZ reporting Friday that she'd lost her home as the fire marched across the hills of Malibu.

Queues to leave the city have resulted in traffic jams and gridlock, which has led people to leave cars abandoned on roads as they rush to safety. The message I want to get out is: "If you can evacuate, you need to evacuate". "People started getting out of their vehicles and running". Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said a "significant number" of homes had been destroyed by the flames but that an accurate count could not yet be made.

Firefighter Adrien Mahnke pauses while battling the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018.

"The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out".

He said another 35 people were missing and three firefighters had been injured.

Less Sun and more rain should normally see any potential blazes put out before they get the chance to rise. God help us!' Bernacett said before breaking down crying.

On Thursday, acting California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the fire-stricken area in Northern California and requested a presidential disaster declaration, saying that risky weather conditions were expected to last several days. They do have a auto, but they both are older and can be confused at times'.

"The wind is definitely pushing this thing toward the ocean just like the Springs Fire a few years ago", Ventura County fire captain Brian McGrath told the Los Angeles Times.

About 900 evacuees fleeing the Woolsey fire checked had checked into the evacuation center by 8:30 a.m. Friday, and a second gym would soon open to meet increasing demand, said Rolf Schleicher, vice president of administrative services at the college.

Flames driven by powerful winds torched at least 150 homes in Southern California, burning parts of tony Calabasas and mansions in Malibu and prompting orders for 250,000 people - including some celebrities - to flee as the fire marched across the Santa Monica Mountains toward the sea.