Arizona firefighters head to California to fight Woolsey, Camp and Hill fires

Frederick Owens
November 12, 2018

The Hill fire was 25 percent contained as of Saturday morning, but had grown to 4,500 acres.

The blaze known as Camp Fire that began on Thursday had grown to almost 140 square miles (362 square kilometers), wiping out much of Paradise, home to some 30,000 residents. Many bodies were found in charred vehicles and homes. So far, three of the more than 3,200 firefighters deployed have been injured.

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

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

One of those affected was former West Wing actor Martin Sheen, who told Fox affiliate KTTV that the fire was the worst he had ever seen.

The state's most destructive fire in at least a century has burned down more than 6,700 buildings, nearly all of them homes. They're expecting another big wind event there.

Representatives for Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who was elected on Tuesday to replace Jerry Brown, could not immediately be reached for comment. Officials warned firefighters to wear their helmets and be careful of falling trees. On Friday, authorities announced five people had died in the fire attempting to escape in their vehicles.

The two blazes - which have sent large plumes of dark smoke towering into the sky over scenic Malibu beaches and engulfed the surrounding hillsides in flame, evoking apocalyptic-type imagery - have resulted in mass evacuations and the closures of a number of major highways in the area.

It has also destroyed an estimated 6,700 structures, an incident report by Cal Fire said.

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At least nine people have been killed and the entire town of Paradise, in northern California has been destroyed. Wildfires are a natural part of the ecosystem, so the goal is to allow these fires to burn without threatening lives and property, and spraying water isn't the main method for containing them.

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

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

Crews had made more progress on the Hill Fire, which authorities said was burning in an area with "sparse fuel". Firefighters were searching burned-out neighborhoods for new destruction from two blazes that have already destroyed 150 homes.

Over the past decade, California has witnessed massive wildfires wreak havoc across the western state.

"Managing all the forests everywhere we can does not stop climate change", Brown said.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted Saturday. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

California Professional Firefighters President Brian K. Rice issued the following response to the president's threat. The fires in So. The federal government chips in in the form of Interior Department and Forest Service firefighting and Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funding. "Come to SoCal and learn the facts & help the victims", Pasadena Firefighters Association chief Scott Austin wrote.

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