Calif wild­fires rage, Trump blames ‘for­est mis­man­age­ment’

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PAR­ADISE, Cal­i­for­nia: Two mon­ster wild­fires burned out of con­trol yes­ter­day in north­ern and south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, hav­ing al­ready killed at least nine peo­ple and forced hun­dreds of thou­sands to flee their homes. Nine peo­ple were found dead in and around the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia town of Par­adise, where more than 6,700 homes and busi­nesses were burned down by the Camp Fire, mak­ing it the most de­struc­tive blaze in Cal­i­for­nia his­tory, ac­cord­ing to state’s depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion.

“This event was the worst-case sce­nario. It was the event we have feared for a long time,” Butte County Sher­iff Kory Honea said at a Fri­day evening press con­fer­ence. “Re­gret­tably, not ev­ery­body made it out.” About 800 km to the south in Los An­ge­les County, the 35,000-acre Woolsey Fire was threat­en­ing 75,000 homes and more than 200,000 peo­ple were un­der manda­tory evac­u­a­tion early yes­ter­day. Some of the evac­u­a­tion or­ders were for res­i­dents within the City of Los An­ge­les in the West Hills area. It was un­clear how many homes have been evac­u­ated within the City of Los An­ge­les.

Trump early yes­ter­day tweeted that “gross mis­man­age­ment of forests” was to blame for the two unchecked wild­fires. “There is no rea­son for th­ese mas­sive, deadly and costly for­est fires in Cal­i­for­nia ex­cept that for­est man­age­ment is so poor,” he wrote in a Twit­ter post. “Bil­lions of dol­lars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all be­cause of gross mis­man­age­ment of the forests.

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PAR­ADISE, Cal­i­for­nia: Fire­fight­ers push down a wall while bat­tling a burn­ing apart­ment com­plex north of Sacra­mento on Fri­day. — AFP

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