2 killed in Southern California wildfire

At least two people died in a Southern California wildfire ripping through the Malibu area of Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Chief John Benedict confirmed to reporters that two people were found, but could provide no further information.

The Woolsey and Hill fires have prompted evacuation orders for more than 250,000 people, including the entire city of Malibu, home to some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, officials told The Associated Press.

While those two fires rage in Southern California, in the north the Camp Fire is already the most destructive fire in state history in terms of structures destroyed.

Nine people have been found dead in the fire near Paradise, Calif., and 6,700 buildings have been destroyed in the over-140 square mile fire.

President Trump declared a state of emergency for California on Friday, allowing federal assistance to supplement local response to the three major wildfires across the state.

But the president then blamed wildfires on “gross mismanagement” of the state’s forests, threatening to withdraw federal funding.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted from Paris early Saturday morning.

“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!”

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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