Arizona sending firefighters, engines to help California

Arizona sending firefighters, engines to help California

Two monster wildfires in California, including the most destructive in state history, burned out of control on Saturday, having already killed at least nine people, destroyed scores of buildings and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. Pieces of bodies were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags.

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. "They are a terrifying and deadly force of nature".

Firefighters were struggling to contain the wildfires and forecasts predicted intense winds and low humidity, which could fuel the blazes and make them spread even further.

Devastating wildfires on either end 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 11 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and other structures and scorched hundreds of square miles.

Sheriff's officials earlier had reported six deaths.

The sheriff says they have taken 35 reports of missing people.

Evacuations are now under way, with tens of thousands of people having already been forced to flee their homes, and hot and dry weather conditions are exacerbating the problem.

President Donald Trump has provided emergency funds for Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties - but he has also blamed forestry officials and threatened to stop funding forest management.

About two-thirds of the city of Malibu was ordered evacuated early Friday as a ferocious wildfire roared toward the beachside community that is home to about 13,000 residents, some of them Hollywood celebrities.

One fire that broke out near the northeast corner of Los Angeles has roared westward, jumped USA 101 in the Calabasas area and is surging up the Santa Monica Mountains.

"We heard this was coming so we set up on the sprinklers and we hosed the whole house down", said Patrick Henry, a Malibu resident.

In Paradise, which had about 26,000 residents, the fire destroyed most homes and half the businesses, the town's mayor Jody Jones said on CNN, describing a long period of recovery ahead.

"I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires and grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones", Lady Gaga said in a tweet. "We pretty much had enough time to get the dogs in the trunk". The Calabasas campus is also evacuated.

The entire upscale beach town of Malibu has been evacuated, and an historic movie site where Westerns were filmed has been destroyed.

"Mother Nature has given us a short reprieve ... but we know tomorrow Mother Nature's gonna turn her fan back on and the winds are going to start blowing", Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters. Some 250,000 homes are under evacuation orders across the region.

In the south, a smoky haze still hung in blue skies, with the vicious winds that drove the flames in their first two days gone and expected to stay away until Sunday.

Jones said one of the town's two elementary schools, Paradise Elementary, burned down.

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