President Trump’s tweet on California wildfires angers firefighters, celebrities

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Downed powerlines and blown transformers have been blamed for several of the deadly fires that have burned in recent years, including some of the Wine Country blazes in Northern California last fall that killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. Firefighters on Sunday managed to contain flareups generated by high winds in Los Angeles County. Nine bodies were found in the immediate aftermath of the destruction, and the remains of another 14 were discovered in later searches. Crews had cut containment lines around about 25 percent of the blaze.

This fire season follows a particularly deadly set of California wildfires previous year.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby stressed there were numerous hotspots and plenty of fuel that had not yet burned, but at sunset he said there had been huge successes despite "a very challenging day". Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for more than 52,000 people in the area.

At a news conference late on Sunday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the bodies of five people had been found in their burned-out homes and a sixth was found inside a vehicle.

What's left of a staircase stands amidst a smoldering home as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, north of Sacramento, California.

Dozens of celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Caitlyn Jenner and Lady Gaga were forced to flee their Malibu area homes to escape the fires.

Thicke and his girlfriend April Love Geary also lost their home in Malibu which the Blurred Lines singer had purchased in 2014 for United States $2.4m.

Wildfires continued to rage on both ends of the state, with gusty winds expected overnight which will challenge firefighters.

Camp Fire in NorCal now the most destructive blaze in state history
Firefighters said that "pretty much all of the community", which is 180 miles north-east of San Francisco , had been destroyed. Studies have said wildfires often start due to extremely dry conditions, such as droughts that are spurred by climate change .

Gov. Brown said he is trying to get more federal funding to battle the blazes, as he requested a "major disaster declaration" from the president earlier Sunday. The smaller Hill Fire covered 4,531 acres and was 75% contained. "I'm sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames".

The Camp Fire has ripped through 164 square miles, destroying more than 6,700 buildings, majority family homes. The Santa Ana winds picked up today creating tougher conditions for firefighters.

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

But movie director Guillermo del Toro considers himself fortunate that the fires didn't cause even more damage to his property, which also serves as a shrine to horror movie history and is known as Bleak House.

"We knew Paradise was a prime target for forest fire over the years", he said.

State Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said fires aren't about politics or jurisdictions.

He later followed up by tweeting: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

Nearly 6,000 miles away, President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.

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