Trump Blames California 'Mismanagement' For Fires, Threatens To Withhold Aid

Nellie Chapman
November 14, 2018

The howling Santa Ana winds fueled the Woolsey Fire. There also were reports of flames ripping through an apartment building and a mobile home park, along with people calling authorities to say they were trapped in burning structures.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said the victims were located in the town of Paradise, whose 26,000 residents were told to flee the fire's path on Thursday. Four people were found dead in vehicles that were overcome by flames and and one body was discovered near the vehicles.

"If you come here with the intent of taking advantage of the situation, we will arrest you, and you will go to jail".

Malibu and Calabasas, west of Los Angeles, are home to hundreds of celebrities and entertainment executives attracted by ocean views, rolling hills and large, secluded estates.

"There is zero tolerance for any looting, " Benedict said.

A shortwave infrared (SWIR) satelite image of the Camp Fire in Magalia, Paradise, California, on Friday. TV personality Caitlyn Jenner's home was reportedly among those destroyed.

In southern California, a quarter million people are under evacuation orders in Ventura Country and neighboring Los Angeles County due to wildfires. Firefighters are trying to battle two separate fires from raging through upscale homes and neighborhoods.

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The 30-year-old had gone to the bustling city in a utility vehicle filled with gas cylinders before setting it alight. Staff said the long black "was Sisto's favourite and will be in memory of him".


The American Red Cross announced the nearest evacuation center for residents of Malibu was at Palisades High School, 15777 Bowdoin St., in Pacific Palisades.

The first fire started Thursday near Townsend oaks 40 miles (64 km) Northwest of Los Angeles.

President Trump on Friday approved California's request for an emergency declaration, ordering federal assistance to help local responders in the midst of at least three major wildfires across the state.

The fire spread further, through this began the evacuation of other cities, including Calabasas, Malibu and the coast of the Western part of Los Angeles.

Alyssa Milano, who on Friday tweeted that her house was "in jeopardy" but she had gotten needed help to evacuate her horses and that her children were safe, was among the lucky ones. The former remains zero percent contained while firefighters have managed to bring the latter, which is considerably smaller, to 25 percent containment.

All Malibu schools in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District will remain closed until Wednesday, the district announced.

Finally, he decided to make a run for it, hopping in his vehicle and driving home through flames that lapped at the Pacific Coast Highway.

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