Actor Gerard Butler shares photo of Malibu home destroyed by California wildfire

With California's Raging Fires, Fear And Devastation

With California's Raging Fires, Fear And Devastation

Fierce wildfires have killed at least 23 people in California, authorities said on Saturday.

Officials said the Camp Fire has become the most destructive wildfire in state history, and the third deadliest.

On Sunday, officials confirmed that two deaths in Malibu were related to the Woolsey Fire, bringing the death toll to 25. Three bodies were found outside homes and one was found inside a home.

About 228 people are still unaccounted for, Honea said, while another 137 people have been located after friends or relatives reported being unable to contact them.

Southern California's wildfire has killed two and destroyed at least 177 homes. The severely burned bodies were discovered in a long residential driveway in Malibu, home to a multitude of Hollywood celebrities.

Many others including Orlando Bloom, Alyssa Milano, Lady Gaga, The Office actor Rainn Wilson and fashion designer Donna Karan were among evacuees.

"What really hampered our ability to combat this fire is we didn't have enough resources for containment", he said.

All told, more than 8,000 firefighters battled three large wildfires burning across almost 400 square miles (1,040 square kilometers) in Northern and Southern California, with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive and gusty, blowtorch winds making their return. The blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire, was driven by dry conditions and strong winds.

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

The entire nearby city of Calabasas, home to more than 20,000 people, was placed under a mandatory evacuation order by city officials on Sunday evening. The Hill Fire has since been 70 percent contained but the Woolsey Fire continues to be a threat.

Flames engulfed hospitals, homes and other structures as it whipped through Paradise.

In Northern California, where more than 6,700 buildings have been destroyed, the scope of the devastation was beginning to set in even as the blaze raged on.

The president of the California Professional Firefighters, Brian K Rice, said the message is an attack on some of the people fighting the devastating fires.

Airplanes and helicopters swooped low over hills and canyons to drop loads of fire retardant and water.

Celebrities also criticised Mr Trump's unsympathetic reaction, with California-born singer Katy Perry called it an "absolutely heartless response".

All told, a quarter-million people were under evacuation orders across the state, officials said.

"Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating", he captioned an image of himself at the ruble.

Jan McGregor, 81, got back to his small two-bedroom home in Paradise with the help of his firefighter grandson.

Over the past decade, California has witnessed massive wildfires wreak havoc across the western state.

In a statement, the union for firefighters said as wildfires threaten lives and homes "Trump has chosen to respond with an irresponsible, reckless and insulting tweet criticizing the work being done on the frontline to contain these disasters".

Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, requested a presidential major disaster declaration, which would make the hardest-hit communities eligible for housing, unemployment and other support programmes and allow state and local governments to fix or replace fire-damaged facilities and infrastructure.

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