The wild fires in California are causing panic and loss of life. Not a single resident of Paradise, California can be seen anywhere in town because they all fled from their community. The town may be lost forever.
In a single day, the Sierra Nevada foothill town of 27,000 was largely incinerated by fire moving so fast that there was nothing firefighters could do. One day after the “Camp Fire” began, the flames had grown to nearly 140 square miles and destroyed more than 6,700 structures. This is the state’s most destructive wildfire since record-keeping began.
Authorities said at least nine people were killed by the “Camp Fire,” which as of early Saturday morning was only 5 percent contained.
It is one of three major blazes that firefighters are battling across the state.
In Southern California, the 35,000 acre “Woolsey Fire” was 0 percent contained early Saturday. It has forced over 200,000 evacuations. And the “Hill Fire” was holding at 6,000 acres.
CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas reported Saturday morning that flames in Malibu are racing down hillsides toward the Pacific. Overnight, it showed no signs of decreasing as homes reduced to their foundations toppled to the ground.
President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is “so poor.”
Mr. Trump said Saturday “there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California.” He said “billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
The comments were Mr. Trump’s first about the massive wildfires burning in California, including a blaze that incinerated most of the Northern California town of Paradise and killed at least nine people.
There is no reason for these 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 gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018