At least nine people have died in the most destructive wildfires ripping through north and south California.
More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.
Firefighters were powerless in stopping a wildfire destroying the northern town of Paradise, where 35 people are missing.
A raging wildfire swept into the southern beach resort of Malibu – home to many Hollywood stars – on Friday.
Among the towns under evacuation orders is Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage on Wednesday.
Authorities say the Camp Fire in the north and the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire in the south are being fanned by strong winds and dry forests.
“The magnitude of the destruction of the fire is unbelievable and heartbreaking,” said Mark Ghilarducci, of the California governor’s office.
President Trump has responded by blaming what he called gross mismanagement of the forests and warned of funding cuts.
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!
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Meteorologists have warned that dangerous conditions may continue well into next week.
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A ‘firenado’ tore through this Northern California town as the ‘Camp Fire’ quickly spread through Butte County pic.twitter.com/ijA5XiNRmX
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