9 killed California wildfires, 150000 evacuated

9 killed California wildfires, 150000 evacuated

9 killed California wildfires, 150000 evacuated

The blaze that started Thursday outside the hilly town of Paradise has grown and destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, nearly all of them homes, making it California's most destructive wildfire since record-keeping began.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said Saturday the Arizona personnel and equipment will handle assignments that include fire suppression and backfilling for local fire departments.

The fast-moving blaze in the north, which authorities have named the "Camp Fire", broke out early Thursday.

"It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us", police officer Mark Bass said.

More than 100 firefighters and 20 engines from Washington's Department of Natural Resources are joining in the battle to contain wildfires raging in California.

Santa Ana winds, produced by surface high pressure over the Great Basin squeezing air down through canyons and passes in Southern California's mountain ranges, are common in autumn and have a long history of fanning destructive wildfires in the region.

He later tweeted a message that said early communication issues were resolved "leading to an effective response by law and fire professionals".

Huge plumes of smoke still rose in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley to the Malibu coast.

Among the nine people killed by the Camp Fire, four were found in vehicles burned by the fire, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.

Cal Fire posted footage taken from helicopters that showed flames racing over hill ridges towards multi-million dollar mansions.

"I just can't think about it", she said, beginning to cry.

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The remains of five of the victims in Northern California were discovered in or near burned out cars, three outside residences and one inside a home, Honea also said.

I'm very irritated that fire did not anticipate this, did not get assets here, did not realize that we would have 3,500 people on this campus.

Meanwhile, two other fires rage in southern California.

"There are quite a few of them we've seen, trying to escape the flames and get out, get to safety, because their home, their habitat, is on fire", she said. Another individual was found outside a vehicle, three bodies were found outside homes and one was found inside the home.

In the North, another huge fire engulfed the city of Paradise, where nine people were killed, another 35 are missing.

Two people were arrested in looting incidents Friday during the evacuations, according to Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow.

Fire surrounded the evacuation route, and drivers panicked.

Another fire was burning farther west in Ventura County, also moving toward the ocean.

The City of Rolling Hills Estates is accepting horses affected by the Woolsey fire.

Evacuees trapped in traffic abandoned their cars and ran with their children in tow as the Camp Fire quickly closed in in Northern California's Butte County. Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, Cal Fire captain Bill Murphy said.

But fire officials say fire behaviour has changed statewide after years of drought and record summer heat that have left vegetation extremely crisp and dry.

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