California Fire Experts To Donald Trump: Malibu Is Not a Forest

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As wildfires continued to rage on both ends of California, officials released another grim statistic: six more dead in a swath of Northern California wiped out by fire, raising the death toll there to 29.

Vehicles and homes burn as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, California.

Two more people were killed in the southern fire, near Malibu.

Its death toll now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California. Singer Robin Thicke and actor Gerard Butler and were among those whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

Around 50,000 people in Paradise and surrounding towns have been forced to evacuate.

If granted, the major disaster declaration would trigger new fiscal and physical resources from federal agencies. The Tubbs Fire killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,500 structures.

About 228 people are still unaccounted for, Honea said, while another 137 people have been located after friends or relatives reported being unable to contact them.

The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, gave the BBC an update on the situation in the town. Many residents only discovered the extreme danger when the fire was already bearing down on them.

McGregor said he probably would not rebuild: "I have nothing here to go back to".

"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.

The fire is the most destructive in the state's history and the joint deadliest.

The Woolsey Fire began around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, and as of Sunday evening has burned more than 83,000 acres, according to CalFire, which has contained the blaze by 10 percent.

What are the main fires?


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The count of destroyed homes remained at 177 but it was expected to increase.

Firefighters gained modest ground overnight against the blaze, which grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometers) from the day before but was 25 percent contained, up from 20 percent, according to state fire agency, Cal Fire.

In southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where the community is still shell-shocked after a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday.

"Things are not the way they were 10 years ago ... the rate of spread is exponentially more than it used to be", said Lorenzen, urging residents to not put their lives at risk by trying to defend their own homes instead of evacuating.

Firefighters battling the Camp Fire with shovels and bulldozers, flame retardants and hoses expected wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour overnight Sunday. So far 23 are known to have perished with that figure expected to rise over the coming days. They said fires could spread quickly and unexpectedly.

Meteorologist David Gomberg told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that fire tornadoes were possible.

What do the politicians say?

Without directly mentioning him by name, Brown addressed Donald Trump's tweet regarding the fires.

'Completely devestated [sic] by the fires affecting my community, ' she shared with her 40.4 million followers.

Mr Trump's response to the fires has been criticised as unsympathetic and ill-informed.

"With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

The Republican president has previously blamed California officials for fires and threatened to withhold funding, saying the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that fuel blazes.