Local firefighters to deploy to California to help battle flames ravaging state

Local firefighters to deploy to California to help battle flames ravaging state”

Another fire swept into the affluent southern beach resort of Malibu on Friday and had doubled in size by Saturday.

The count of lost structures in both Southern California fires climbed to almost 180, authorities said, and that number seemed certain to rise.

The Camp Fire blaze erupted Thursday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Chief John Benedict said on Saturday that two people had been found dead but provided no details on the deaths.

Sir Rod retorted: "Mr. President, while people's homes are burning, while lives are being lost & while firefighters are risking their lives, California needs words of support & encouragement, not threats or finger pointing & accusations".

The fire is the most destructive in the state's history and the joint deadliest.

Complete devastation: Gerard Butler shared this awful photo of his Malibu home on Sunday showing it completely destroyed by the devastating Woolsey fire.

What about the Woolsey Fire?

The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% contained.

In southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where the community is still shell-shocked after a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday.

Since the fire began to spread Thursday, a number of stars have lost their homes - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer and singer Robin Thicke among them.

On Saturday, firefighters warned that winds could push the fire toward Oroville, but the powerful gusts firefighters feared didn't materialize in the lower elevations, said Robert Baruffaldi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. So far 23 are known to have perished with that figure expected to rise over the coming days.

They said fires could spread quickly and unexpectedly. But the strong, dry Santa Ana winds that blow from the interior toward the coast returned after a one-day lull, fanning the flames.

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

"Thank you to the fire fighters, police, first and emergency responders for doing above and beyond everything you can do to help us".

What do the politicians say?

With the devastation and loss of life in the Northern California fire, "it's evident from that situation statewide that we're in climate change and it's going to be here for the foreseeable future", he said.

"We're putting everything we've got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid", Brown's letter said.

But he contended, "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

The Republican president has previously blamed California officials for fires and threatened to withhold funding, saying the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that fuel blazes.

The Hollywood A-list and firefighters joined together Saturday, hitting back at President Donald Trump's suggestion the wildfires that have raged through California took hold because of mismanagement by state officials.

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