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Nine die in California wildfires, tens of thousands forced to flee

Nine die in California wildfires, tens of thousands forced to flee

The death toll in the wildfire that tore through a Northern California community has risen to 23. Crews had cut containment lines around about 20 percent of the blaze.

"Our firefighters have been facing some extreme, tough fire conditions that they said that they've never seen in their lives", said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. Several evacuation centers were set up in nearby towns. Pieces of bodies were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags.

But they have been able to help find many, he said.

"This weighs heavy on all of us", he said.

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

The fast-moving blaze in the north, which authorities have named the "Camp Fire", broke out early Thursday.

As of Saturday afternoon the Camp Fire had blackened more than 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares) of forest land.

An additional 35 people have been reported missing and three firefighters have been injured. It was still burning in Paradise, and authorities estimated the fire may be fully contained by November 30. "They won't let us in the area", Milano wrote Saturday morning local time, before adding, "There are no words for this kind of devastation".

The leader of the union that represents a majority of California's firefighters said Saturday that President Donald Trump should apologize for blaming the state's deadly wildfires on "poor" forest management.

Trump said "billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests". "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" he said.

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"The smell of the smoke and realizing the smoke was a lot closer than I thought and then seeing flames up to my knees". When Nate Rodriguez of Paradise woke up Thursday morning he thought the red glow in the sky was the sunrise.

In southern California, more wildfires burned, including one just north of Los Angeles and another in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks, where a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday.

About 500 miles (800 km) to the south, the Woolsey Fire burning in the foothills above Malibu doubled in size over Friday night into Saturday, threatening thousands of homes after triggering mandatory evacuation orders for a quarter million people in the upscale beach city as well as other communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. It was unclear how many homes have been evacuated within the City of Los Angeles.

"We do intend to rebuild", Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said. "We appreciate your work and could not be more grateful".

Malibu is one of the most in-demand locations in California for stars seeking privacy and luxury.

Rice agreed. "Malibu is not a logged area", he said. "It doesn't seems like it is getting worse right now, I just pray the winds are in our favor", Kardashian West said.

Actor Martin Sheen, briefly reported missing by his actor son Charlie, was also forced to evacuate.

"The flames were whipping and spreading so fast", Whitney Vaughan said after fleeing her home in Paradise.

State officials put the total number of people forced from their homes by California's fires at more than 200,000.

Malibu, CA, USA; A chimney is all that is left standing in one home on Deerhead Road.