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

Frederick Owens
November 16, 2018

In a move that has surprised literally nobody, Trump has responded to the disturbing fire by threatening to remove federal funding for those responsible for managing forests in California.

The destruction done by the Woolsey, Hill, and Camp fires is unbelievable.

Los Angeles County fire strike teams and water dropping aircraft were working to contain the flames on or around the Malibu campus, according to a statement from the school. "We had tremendous, demonic winds is the only way I can put it".

Actress Alyssa Milano, one of Kardashian's neighbors in Calabasas, wrote on Twitter that she was also evacuated.

The two fires erupted on Thursday as much of the state found itself under red flag warnings of extreme fire danger because of dry weather and blowing winds.

The area burning in Southern California is in severe drought, USA government analysts said.

The singer Lady Gaga said she had evacuated her Malibu home, posting a video on Instagram that showed dark smoke billowing overhead.

The fast moving blaze, known as the "Camp Fire," began Thursday morning.

"There are times when you have such rapid-moving fires ... no amount of planning is going to result in a ideal scenario, and that's what we had to deal with here", Mr Honea told the Action News Network.

The monster wildfires still burned out of control on Saturday in northern and southern California, after killing at least nine people, who were found dead in vehicles torched by the flames.

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A Cal Fire spokesman said around 2,000 buildings were believed to have been razed in Paradise.

Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea said four people were found dead inside a vehicle in the Paradise area, while another was found nearby.

The other nine deaths were in Paradise, a town of 27,000 in northern California, which was destroyed by fire.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would work with state officials to provide disaster relief.

"There are millions and millions and millions of dollars going into fighting fires", Bonnicksen said, "but there are not millions and millions and millions of dollars going into preventing the fires". Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said some firefighters were "literally pulling people out of burning homes". The fire is 0 percent contained.

Los Angeles County and city crews were assisting in the firefight, which was taking place as a second brush fire raged further west in Ventura County in the Santa Rosa Valley/Thousand Oaks area.

Officials took advantage of calm conditions Saturday morning to assess damage and get a new map of a blaze that has now burned 109 square miles (282 square kilometers) in the hills and canyons north and west of downtown Los Angeles.

The entire town was ordered evacuated, setting off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their cars to flee foot.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for more than 52,000 people in the scenic area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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