Gov. Brown requests presidential major disaster declaration for state’s wildfires

With California's Raging Fires, Fear And Devastation

President Trump threatens to withhold federal payments to Calif. because of 'poor' forest management

He wrote: "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".

Crews pushed forward to achieve 25 per cent containment of the Camp Fire in northern California, which had burned 44,000 hectares at the edge of the Plumas National Forest, according to Cal Fire's website.

As of Saturday, the Camp Fire had destroyed almost 7,000 structures in and around the mountain town of Paradise and has been blamed for most of the last week's fire deaths.

He also added a link to donate to those impacted by the Woolsey fire that has been raging since Thursday.

The fires that roared through Northern California in October 2017 claimed more than 40 lives and were followed by another set of devastating blazes further south. The number of people killed in that fire alone, 23, made it the third-deadliest on record in the state.

On Friday, two bodies were found in a driveway in a charred vehicle in the Malibu area, according to Lt. Nani Cholakians of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office. Authorities have not released the names of victims and have continued to search for more.

Trump's "ill-informed" tweet President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.


The smoke, like orange fog, that enveloped Chico and surrounding towns on Friday gave way to a low-lying haze that spread all the way up to Redding over the weekend, thanks to a shift in winds.

Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, requested a presidential major disaster declaration, which would make the hardest-hit communities eligible for housing, unemployment and other support programmes and allow state and local governments to fix or replace fire-damaged facilities and infrastructure.

Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom requested aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Thursday after declaring Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties in a state of emergency.

The deaths came as authorities in Northern California announced the death toll from a massive wildfire there has reached 29 people, matching the deadliest fire in state history.

Rice also said California does not mismanage its forests, namely because 60 percent of the state's forests are federally-managed.

The Woolsey Fire has since been 10% contained, but firefighters are wary of an anticipated increase in winds later today.

Fire crews, including many from out of state, were deployed throughout areas projected to be in the path of furious Santa Ana winds.


Craig Clunies-Ross and his wife had seen wildfires before and they were prepared when it was time to evacuate their Malibu home.

She became emotional, looking at a canyon where her children had once played, now blackened by fire.

Winds of up to 64 km per hour were forecast to blow across the area on Sunday. "But there's nothing left to burn".

The destructive wildfires are nowhere near extinguished and remain exceedingly risky.

Singer Neil Young's home was also destroyed, his second house lost to fires in California. "Your house can be rebuilt but you can't bring your life back", said a fire chief from Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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

A firefighting DC-10 makes a fire retardant drop over a wildfire in the mountains near Malibu Canyon Road in Malibu, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.


In Southern California, two deaths were reported from the Woolsey and Hill fires.

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