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California Fire: Trump tweets as people flee Camp Fire, Malibu

Lindsey Bever General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news Eli Rosenberg General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news November 10 at 4:56 PM MALIBOU LAKE, Calif. – A growing trio of wildfires incinerated large swaths of Northern and Southern California Over the past three days, killing 11 people, displacing hundreds of thousands and turning a retirement community called Paradise into acres of ash and charred foundations. The massive Camp Fire north of Sacramento has destroyed some 6,700 structures, becoming the most destructive inferno in a state with a long and calamitous history of fires. Since Thursday, more than 200,000 Californians have been displaced – greater than the population of Florida's Orlando. In addition to the dead, dozens have been reported missing. Authorities warned that the property would also be staggering. A pair of fires near Los Angeles threatened Malibu mansions and destroyed Paramount Ranch, the filming location of the HBO series "Westworld." Saturday, President Trump fanned an ongoing dispute with California leaders, blaming Mismanagement of state resources for the destruction and death. "Trump is tweeted Saturday morning. There is no reason for this massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of large mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments! "There is no reason for this massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of great mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments! – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018 California blazes, but he has loudly and consistently blamed intensifying wildfires on poor resource management by California officials. Twice in October, Trump made similar threats Because of what he said, "The Washington Post's Aaron Blake wrote. California officials have countered Trump's claims in the past, saying that ever-intense fires are the result of climate change, which dries up vegetation and turns into fire-prone areas of the state into a tinderbox. The President of the California Professional Firefighters Association chided the President, calling Trump's words "ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines" [The weather and climate behind the infernos that wrecked Paradise and threaten Malibu] In Northern California's Butte County, about 90 miles north of Sacramento state capital, fleeing a catastrophic fire that began Thursday. The inferno grew with incredible speed, claimed nine lives and turned a sunny day into an end-of-days scene of flames, smoke, sparks and wide destruction. Named after nearby Camp Creek, the blaze is not yet through. It has burned out at least 90,000 acres, more than 140 square miles, and only 20 percent contained by Saturday, which indicates that it is a state of emergency. Officials warned that "red flag" conditions would persist on and off through Monday – hot, dry and windy weather that makes the country ripe for a fire's spread. Butte County Sheriff Kory L Honea told a news conference Friday evening that officials had been killed by the fire: Four were killed in their cars in Paradise, down from the five officials had spoken about earlier; three outside of houses; and two others, one inside a home and another near a car. The fire had injured an undisclosed number of residents as well as three firefighters. And Honea's deputies were still looking into some 35 reports of missing people. "This event is the worst case scenario," Honea said. In Southern California's Ventura County, it has been silhouetted by 12 people dead, more wildfires had broken out, forcing 100,000 people into Thousand Oaks, Malibu and other areas to flee their homes. The Woolsey Fire had burned some 35,000 acres, officials said, while the nearby Hill Fire had burned through 6,000. On Saturday, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Chief John Benedict told the Associated Press. The deaths are burning in the north and west of downtown Los Angeles. [Pepperdine students sheltered in place as wildfire raged around the Malibu campus] But of all the areas struck by fires in the state so far, Paradise had fared the worst. Its main commercial street transformed into a smoking runway of destruction. Officials said that 6,453 homes and 260 businesses have been destroyed, making the fire the most destructive in California's history. The previous record holder, the Tubbs Fire in the state's wine country, was one year ago. Marc Kessler, 55, a science teacher at a public middle school in Paradise, said the sky turned black soon after he arrived at work. "It was raining black pieces of soot, coming down like a black snow storm and starting fires everywhere," he said in an interview. "Within minutes, the town was engulfed." Teachers were told by emergency workers to seat-belt laws as they piled 200 or so students into their personal vehicles. Bus drivers drove through flames to help out, he said. One of his students pointed out what they thought the moon in the darkened sky. "I said, 'That's not the moon. That's the sun, he recalled, his voice cracking. The mayor of Paradise, Jody Jones, has been destroyed in the town of 26,000 had been destroyed. "There have been a few quiet homes and we have been in multiple different neighborhoods this afternoon," Jones told CNN. Paradise resident Brynn Chatfield posted a terrifying video as she and her family escaped the fire, flaming a few feet from their vehicle and embarrassed across their path. "Heavenly father, please help us," she prayed in the video. "Please help us to be safe." Chatfield later posted the video, which has nearly 2 million times. "My hometown of Paradise is on fire," she wrote. My family is evacuated and safe. Not all my friends are safe. "On Saturday, as some evacuation orders were lifted, people started returning to their neighborhoods to see what was left. Jeff McClenahan, 53, a college professor, returned to his home in Malibou Lake. He was burned to death by the Woolsey Fire, which had jumped Highway 101. He stared, disbelieving, then dropped to his knees, sobbing , "On the one hand, it's just crap," he said. "It's stuff. But it's a lot of history. Everything, our whole lives were here. "Achenbach reported from Thousand Oaks, Calif. E. Aaron Williams at Paradise, Calif .; Tony Biasotti, Katie Mettler and Katie Zezima at Thousand Oaks; and Jason Samenow of Washington contributed to this report. Read more: 'Get out with your life': California's Carr fire kills 3 more, in addition to 2 firefighters


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