United States President Donald Trump has said “gross mismanagement of forests” is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people were killed and hundreds of thousands forced to flee. Another thirty-five people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured.
The blaze started on Thursday near Thousand Oaks, about forty miles north-west of central Los Angeles. Another blaze, the Hill Fire, started at about the same time, also near Thousand Oaks. On Friday, the flames jumped Highway 1-0-1 and headed into coastal areas. The fire now covers an area of about thirty-five thousand acres.
Authorities say the Camp Fire in the north and the Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire in the south are being fanned by strong winds and dry forests. Meteorologists have warned that dangerous conditions may continue well into next week.