'Paradise is Gone': California's Fires Rage On, Devastating Communities

'Paradise is Gone': California's Fires Rage On, Devastating Communities

Brian Rice, the president of the California Professional Firefighters, said, "which represents more than 30,000 firefighters and paramedics. "Some of them are doing so even as their own homes lay in ruins."

Nearly 60 percent of California's 33 million acres of forestland are owned by the federal government, according to a California Legislative Analyst's Office. An additional 25 percent of the state's forests are privately owned, and about 14 percent are owned by industrial owners like timber companies. State and local governments just 3 percent of the state's forests.

One of two major fires in Southern California, called the Woolsey, has also surged, doubling in size overnight to 70,000 acres and forcing the evacuation of about 250,000 people, according to state officials. It was 0 percent contained as of Saturday morning. Fire crews in Ventura and Los Angeles counties were fighting on steep, hilly terrain that made controlling the blaze difficult.

Daryl Osby, the chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said "Our firefighters have been experiencing some extreme, tough fire conditions. "We just ended the hottest summer on record. We have been in critical drought state right now. This is the sixth year of seven years of drought in this region. "

Highway 101, one of the region's major thruways, said that it had not been able to make it on Tuesday, and they were complaining.

Scott StJohn, 42, an entrepreneur and fitness company owner, comments on his visit to Malibu on Friday morning with his family, believing that "there's nothing wrong with the fire."

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