250,000 flee raging wildfires across California


Firefighters gained modest ground overnight against the blaze, which grew slightly to 170 square miles (440 square kilometres) from the day before but was 25 per cent contained, up from 20 per cent, according to the state fire agency, Cal Fire.

The Camp Fire burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in Paradise, more structures than any other California wildfire on record.

The fast-moving Camp Fire blaze in the north broke out early Thursday.

City officials in Los Angeles also sent out an emergency message seeking foster families.

Authorities are anxious that embers from the Woolsey Fire could reach unburnt buildings, spark new fires or add to the blaze, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. "At this desperate time, we would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame".

Sheriff Honea, who is also the county coroner, told the Associated Press that he had to add a fifth search-and-recovery team to help find bodies. Names of the victims have not been released.

Later Saturday, Mr. Trump struck a more sympathetic tone on the unfolding crisis in California, praising the firefighters and offering condolences to the victims.

The smoke, like orange fog, that enveloped Chico and surrounding towns on Friday gave way to a low-lying haze that spread all the way up to Redding over the weekend, thanks to a shift in winds.

A deer walks past a destroyed home on Orrin Lane after the wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

With over a quarter-million people evacuated from their potentially destroyed homes and at least 11 lives lost to active California wildfires, President Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is "so poor".

Sir Rod Stewart has taken to Twitter to blast Donald Trump over his "accusatory" tweet about the Californian wildfires.

It was not immediately clear if he was injured as a result of the fire.

Nearly 6,000 miles away, President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation. The president made the comments as the state is battling multiple deadly wildfires.

"When disaster strikes, it is imperative that the call for help is answered, and that is exactly what these men and women serving in fire departments across Texas are doing", Abbott said.

The flames raced from the Conejo Valley to the Pacific Ocean, across Highway 101 and the Santa Monica mountains, at speeds that shocked veteran fire officials.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who lives just north of coastal Malibu, revealed she was forced to flee her home.

Officials said the bodies of five people were found in burned-out homes and the sixth was found in a vehicle in northern California's Camp Fire, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Sunday evening.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday that firefighters from local departments across Texas would begin deploying to California Monday morning to help battle the wildfires ravaging the state.

The blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles (64km) north-west of central Los Angeles. Your mother's somewhere and you don't know where she's at.

"They took as much advantage as they could", he said but "with these winds, 30-40mph, it is going to cause a lot of problems".