California wildfires leave several dead, force thousands to flee

California wildfire death toll leaps to 25

"Stay safe, California - and keep those prayers coming America", Wilson said on his Twitter account, where over the weekend he was sharing photos of some of the more than 100 people missing in the huge wildfire in Northern California that has killed at least 23.

The San Antonio Fire Department, District 7, Schertz Fire Department and Grey Forest Fire Department will each send members of their teams to California, SAFD spokesman Joe Arrington confirmed Sunday.

The Paradise fire is one of three burning across more than 1,000 square kilometres of the Golden State. I'm sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames.

Southern California fire crews therefore only had capacity to focus on saving lives and structures as the fire moved and were unable to work on containing the flames for three days. Two people were reported killed.

Several officials urged residents to heed evacuation orders. Some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian, were among the evacuees. "You don't know if she's safe", he said.

NASA has been tracking California's late-season wildfires with its Earth-watching Landsat 8 and Terra satellites since the Camp Fire began on Thursday (Nov. 8). Acting Governor Gavin Newsom called a state of emergency in Butte County.

The fire has destroyed more than 6,700 buildings, almost all of them homes, and killed 23 people.

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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. Authorities have not released the names of victims and have continued to search for more. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", said Cal Fire Captain Scott McLean.

Fire officials warned that the winds would be back on Sunday morning, and they were right.

The wildfires raging across the state adds to what has already been one of the worst fire years in California - 621,743 acres have been destroyed, triple the five-year average.

"As, frankly, someone that was evacuated and has visited burnt-out homes, that Trump tweet today blaming the state was an insult and so uninformed", Glen MacDonald, a geography professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied climate change and the effects of wildfires for decades, told The Daily Beast.

He also took to Instagram to salute the bravery of firefighters battling the blaze, writing: "Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating".

200,000 people under mandatory evacuation in southern California.

Crews pushed forward to achieve 25 percent containment of the Camp Fire in northern California, which had burned 109,000 acres at the edge of the Plumas National Forest, according to Cal Fire's website. He said "billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests". The fires in So.

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