Forest fires in California: At least 9 dead while fires spread on both ends of California

Forest fires in California: At least 9 dead while fires spread on both ends of California

A quarter of a million people were driven out of their homes across the country as the campfire in the north and two more major fires – Woolsey and Hill – in Southern California burned down this weekend.

As firefighters fight to stem uncontrolled forest fires, forecasters said that intense wind and low humidity could heat the flames and spread them further. According to CNN meteorologists, most of the state has seen no rain for more than a month, and the dry vegetation has only served to fire the fires.

Evacuees trapped in traffic dropped their cars and ran with their children in tow when the campfire arrived in Butte County, California.

In Thousand Oaks, a community that mourns mass shootings this week, is a recreation center where survivors were sad, filled with people fleeing from the fire.

Latest developments

• Fatalities: The The rapid fire at Camp Camp killed at least nine people in Northern California. Some were in cars and others nearby or in houses. The dead were not identified.

• burning and waxing: The campfire is the largest of the three major fires that swells to 100,000 acres on Saturday morning, according to the Californian Ministry of Forestry and Fire Safety (Cal Fire). The Woolsey Fire doubled overnight and grew to 70,000 hectares. The hill fire was on 4,500 hectares.

• Trump tweets: President Donald Trump Blame for the forest fires the "gross mismanagement of the woods" in a tweet early Saturday. "Remedy now or no more Fed payments!" he said.

• Massive evacuations: The fire department estimates that the number of people expelled nationwide from their homes is more than 250,000.

• Containment: Firefighters fight to tear down the flames. The campfire is 20% contained, while the Woolsey fire remains uncontrolled. The hillfire was included at 25%.

• Destruction: In northern California, nearly 7,000 buildings have been destroyed, including 80% to 90% of the homes in Paradise north of Sacramento. In the districts of Los Angeles and Ventura, a significant number of homes have been destroyed or damaged.

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The campfire has killed at least nine people in paradise and destroyed 6,453 buildings.

The bodies of five people were found in or near a vehicle, and the other four were inside or outside a house.

After the eruption on early Thursday morning, it took only a few hours for the fire to explode. Paradise was among the first communities a city about 80 miles north of Sacramento.

Chuck Johnston, Dave Alsup, Dan Watts, Silvio Carrillo, Jim Castel, Steve Almasy and Hollie Silverman of CNN contributed to this report.

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