Trump: Gross mismanagement to blame for wildfires

Thousands of buildings have been burned down by the deadly Camp Fire in the north of California, making it one of the most destructive in California history.

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November 10, 2018 11:20
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Trump: Gross mismanagement to blame for wildfires

A firefighter battles the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California, U.S. November 9, 2018. The fire destroyed dozens of structures, forced thousands of evacuations and closed a major freeway. . (photo credit: ERIC THAYER/ REUTERS)

 
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President Donald Trump early on Saturday said "gross mismanagement of forests" is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," he wrote in a Twitter post.

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"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!," he added.

Three major blazes are ripping through California.

Thousands of buildings have been burned down by the deadly Camp Fire in the north of the state making it one of the most destructive in California history.

Nine bodies have been found in the town of Paradise, dozens of people are still missing.

The Camp Fire has been raging since Thursday (November 8), and has since blackened more than 90,000 acres.

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It was only 5 percent contained as of nightfall on Friday (November 10).

In Southern California, the Hill Fire is ravaging areas near Los Angeles, and in the upscale beach community of Malibu, flames from the Woolsey Fire raced down hillsides toward multi-million dollar homes.

Thousands of residents have been forced to flee in the face of a monster fire storm including celebrities like Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian.

The blaze is also threatening parts of Thousand Oaks, a town still reeling from a mass shooting, that killed 12 people on Wednesday

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