Sparkling flames in southern California reached seaside homes along the famous Pacific Coastal Road in the Malibu area. Footage of the wind-powered fireplace was taken by a crew aboard a firefighter helicopter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
MALIBU, Calif. – At least 25 people have died in massive fires in California, the authorities reported late Saturday.
In northern California, 23 people have been reported dead in Camp Fire, making it the second deadliest fire in California. Only Oakland Hills Four killed more people – 25 years in 1991.
In southern California, officials confirmed that two people died in Woolsey Fire near Malibu.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea warned of the possibility that more deaths will be detected in Camp Fire. He said family members of reportedly missing people can submit DNA samples so authorities can check the samples if they find more residue.
Honea said Saturday night that 14 more bodies were recovered from Camp Fire. On Friday, the authorities announced that they had found nine bodies in paradise, a city of 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada hills. Some of the victims died in their cars as they attempted to escape from the flame's sudden approach.
The fire, which has burned at least 164 square kilometers and contains 65 percent, has destroyed 6,453 homes and a total of 6,713 structures. It is the most destructive fire in state history.
The dense smoke Saturday restricted the use of aircraft fighting for Camp Fire, officials said.
Honea warned people to keep alert.
"We have another two-day strong winds with the potential to create explosive fire behavior similar to the conditions that occurred on Thursday (the day when the fire started)", says Honea.
Cal Fire officials said that Woolsey Fire has burned 130 square kilometers and destroyed 177 structures. The fire was 5 percent held from Saturday night
For a short while in the high winds Saturday, firemen gave a chance to regulate the edges of the blazers and change crew, replacing firefighters who had been working for two days without rest, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
But with the winds expected to reach 40 mph winds on Sunday, it is likely that more homes would get lost, Osby warned. Ventura County Fire Chief, Mark Lorenzen, said the devastating Santa Ana winds could go through Tuesday.
"Do not be locked by a false sense of security," said Lorenzen at a press conference on Saturday night. "At the moment, motherhood has given us a brief trigger. The winds are not blowing, but we know tomorrow Mother Nature will put her fan back."
Osby said Saturday that his firefighters reported "conditions they have never seen in their lives". He said the aircraft released large amounts of fire protection on fire zones to prevent further proliferation.
"We lost a lot of home," he said. "But we saved thousands of homes."
He said the firefight targets for Saturday included circumcision control along the 101 highway, and in Bell Canyon and Malibu Canyon. He said the crew would be hand-dragging containment lines in Malibu and Topanga Canyon overnight.
Benedict told reporters that he had 200 officers on patrol for "robbery suppression". He warned that his department would have "zero tolerance" to steal.
Two people have been arrested so far on suspicions of robbery, according to Sgt. Eric Buschow from Ventura County Sheriff Office.
"If you come here with the intention of taking advantage of this situation, we will arrest you and you will be imprisoned," Buschow said.
At Pepperdine University in Malibu classes were interrupted Saturday after a busy Friday night. When the clear order was given around 9 o'clock on Saturday, many students drove away from the area, many equipped with face masks.
Despite Malibu evacuation order, Hassen Masri, who lives in the Malibu Country Estates neighborhood at the university, stayed in his house on Friday night and watched the hills rage with fire around him.
At midnight he saw almost 20 trucks at the Pepperdine University campus when officials learned that the students would not evacuate.
"It was a tough experience, it was bad, it was really bad," Masri said. "When the fire came over the hill around midnight, I thought I would go, but I did not. Maybe it was crazy that the university did not take away the students, but I'm grateful for the extra resources that were brought. Protected by the extra trucks. "
The exotic animals at Ronnie Semler's Saddlerock Ranch, including zebras and water buffalo, calmed their corral saturdays despite the fact that a structure that appeared to be a barn burned several vehicles and fences. The Malibu Ranch's main attraction, Stanley Giraffe, was happy and curious. In addition to a worker, the ranch looked empty.
In Paris, President Donald Trump issued an emergency declaration that provides federal funds to Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles County, but later threatened on Twitter to hold back federal payments to California, claims that forest management is "so bad".
"Billions of dollars are given every year, with so many lives lost, all because of brutal misbehavior of the forest," he wrote. "Fix now, or no more fat payments!"
Later on Saturday, Trump drummed again and urged residents to listen to evacuation orders from state and local officials.
"More than 4,000 are fighting for Camp and Woolsey Fire in California, which has burned over 170,000 hectares. Our hearts are with those who fight the fires, the 52,000 evacuated and the families of the 11 who have died. The destruction is disastrous. bless them all, "trumpet tweeted.
Saturday night, local Trump politicians asked the wildfires to be a "major disaster" that would increase the amount of federal support in the area.
"We need the Great Disaster Declaration, so we can have all the necessary tools to ensure that residents can recover," said Linda Park, Ventura County Supervisor.
Hard hit was Paradise, a city of 27,000 in the Sierra Nevada hills.
The city is a popular retirement community that causes concern for older and immobile residents reportedly missing.
On Friday there were dozens of burned cars and SUV's highway out of paradise just known as Skyway, scaled to its bare metal by flames melting aluminum engine blocks, vaporized plastic door handles and exploding their windows.
In the afternoon a small army of firemen and emergency workers picked up rubbish, small fires that burned in trees and in the ruins of houses. Power lines swooped on the streets and heavy smoke blocked the sun.
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Barbara Ramsey, 75, saw her at home catch fire. She fled paradise and drove through flames.
"I yelled at my daughter, my little grandson. I said," We have to go out now! "She said." So many people did not get out, they were burned in their cars. "
Officials ordered the evacuation of the entire city of Malibu, which stretches 21 miles along the coast and includes homes of such celebrities as Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson and Cher.
About 20 miles north, in the smoky community of Calabasas, locals and fiery firemen gathered at Starbucks in the Albertsons supermarket, which appeared to be the only open business in the evacuation area.
There was no external power, only power from a backup generator. Residents, many wear masks for protection from the smoke, shared videos that they put on their smart phones that show flames absorb their back yards.
Paul Bancroft said he would not lose his house, which took him three years to build, in a nearby area called Old Agoura.
The fire burned "all the way up to the fence (and) began to burn in my bushes," he said. He managed to dampen it with a garden hose.
"I've built my home and I did not want to leave," said Bancroft.
Garden reported from Malibu, Hughes from Paradise, California.
Contributing: Nicole Hayden, from Desert Sun; Associated Press
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