The 1933 Griffith Park fire was California's deadliest. Until now

  • The 1933 Griffith Park fire was California's deadliest. Until now

The 1933 Griffith Park fire was California's deadliest. Until now

Its death toll now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has hit Malibu - which is popular with celebrities - as well as the city of Thousand Oaks, which was the site of a deadly shooting at a country music bar last week.

An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in France for the centenary remembrance of the end of World War I, continued to blame state forest managers for the devastation, but did not mention years of drought in the most populous U.S. state.

In response to the fire, Trump wrote: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

He said 4,000 firefighters are battling the Camp and Woolsey fires that had burned almost 70,000 hectares. There are now more than 6,000 firefighters and first responders deployed to handle the emergency.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the county was bringing in more rescue workers and consulted anthropologists from California State University at Chico because, in some cases, investigators have been able to recover only bones and bone fragments.

Dozens of people are reported missing.

The San Antonio Fire Department, District 7, Schertz Fire Department and Grey Forest Fire Department will each send members of their teams to California, SAFD spokesman Joe Arrington confirmed Sunday. Crews had cut containment lines around about 25 percent of the blaze.

What about the Woolsey Fire?

By Sunday it had consumed 83,000 acres and destroyed at least 177 buildings, officials said. It is only 10% contained. The smaller Hill Fire, nearby, has scorched 4,530 acres and is 75% contained.

Looting was reported in the southern fire area and arrests were made, police reported.

Luxury homes in Malibu and other beach communities are among properties that have fallen victim to the flames.

Clark says crews are at a "pivotal point" and that high winds and dry conditions similar to when the fire started Thursday are expected for the next 24 hours.

"Winds are coming back tonight, and they're going to blow all day (on) Monday", Mr Richard Gwynn said. After officials said they were in it for "the long haul", Gov. "You don't know if she's safe".

Huge plumes of smoke were rising again in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley to the Malibu coast.

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

The president of the International Association of Fire Fighters said: "His comments are reckless and insulting to the firefighters and people being affected". "Get Smart!" Trump said on Twitter.

He added, "Moreover, almost 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control".

The Republican president has previously blamed California officials for fires and threatened to withhold funding, saying the state should do more to remove rotten trees and other debris that fuel blazes.

In a tweet on Saturday, he accused state authorities of "gross mismanagement" of forests.