California wildfires force hundreds of thousands to evacuate, claim five lives

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"It's so surreal because it's so dark, and when we're in the tunnel you can't see anything", Tricia Fultz said. He could not estimate the fire's likelihood to reach Oroville, but said the agency was monitoring the threat with crews around the fire's perimeter. Your mother's somewhere and you don't know where she's at. Lining the fire zone streets are charred, abandoned cars that mark the moment families decided fleeing on foot was their safest option.

Gov. Jerry Brown said California is requesting aid from the Trump administration. Cal are urban interface fires and have NOTHING to do with forest management.

President Trump has blamed the large-scale devastation on gross mismanagement of the forests and warned of funding cuts. Officials in the state have countered that climate change is the culprit. "And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we're now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years". The fire was not a complete surprise, he said.

"Usually the winds here come off the water - they are wet and cool". "It wouldn't surprise me" if it turns out that winds caused equipment failure that sparked a fire, he said.

The flames turned what it touched to ash as it forced a citywide Malibu evacuation and sent residents scrambling to find a way out of the burn area.

Two destructive wildfires also burned in Southern California, tearing through Malibu mansions and working-class suburban homes and killing two people.

"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones", Lady Gaga tweeted.

Wildfires also raged in Southern California, including the town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman days earlier killed a dozen people at a local bar.

Three victims were found outside their homes, and one was found inside a home.

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Stephen Lam / Reuters Karma Kamman, left, embraces an evacuee displaced by the Camp Fire outside the emergency shelter at Neighbourhood Church of Chico in Chico, Calif. on November 11, 2018.

"I think there are lots and lots of people who think of Malibu as just being a celebrity second-home culture", Bowen said at the Culver City event, "but there are people who is this is their first, last and only homes are there and going all up and down those canyons and they're not necessarily, "who cares they're rich and glamorous they can afford to lose a home".

Devastating wildfires on both ends of California pushed into new territory Saturday, as tired firefighters worked to evacuate residents in harm's way and contain blazes that already have claimed at least 25 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and other structures and scorched hundreds of square miles.

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

Sheen said this was the worst fire he had seen in 48 years of living in Malibu.

Osby said losses to homes were significant but did not say how many had burned.

The lull allowed firefighters to gain 10 per cent control of the Woolsey fire, which has burned more than 130 square miles (335 square kilometres) in western Los Angeles County and southeastern Ventura County since Thursday.

It also shows smoke from the Hill and Woolsey Fires in southern California, which by Saturday morning had burned 4,531 acres and about 70,000 acres, respectively.