California wildfire death toll climbs to at least nine

The Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu Calif

The Woolsey Fire burns a home near Malibu Lake in Malibu Calif

With a hazy sun rising on the third day of the Woolsey fire, authorities confirm that two lives were lost to the blaze Friday.

In the south of the state, near Malibu, another blaze that started on Friday claimed two more lives while thousands have fled and firefighters continued to battle all fronts.

The twitter account for the California Professional Firefights union stated that the President "owes the men and women of the fire service an apology".

In a recent press release, the Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the number of fatalities reported had grown from 9 to 23 with over half of the victims were found in the city of Paradise.

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 "the only remains we are able to find are bones or bone fragments".

"We are failing ourselves", he said.

The state's most destructive fire in at least a century has burned down more than 6,700 buildings, nearly all of them homes.

Another 35 people were reported missing, McLean said.

The Camp Fire left the mayor of Paradise, population 26,000, in shock.

Saturday saw a brief reprieve in the fierce winds fueling the fires, and officials hoped to use the break to their advantage. The severely burned bodies were discovered in a long residential driveway in celebrity-studded Malibu, where those forced out of homes included Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Guillermo del Toro and Martin Sheen.

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"A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition", the statement said. Supt Clayton confirmed that when officers arrived, they were quickly cornered by the armed man as the situation escalated.

The lull Saturday could give firefighters a chance to control the edges of the blazes and to swap fire crews, replacing firefighters who had worked for two days without rest, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

Saturday's forecast was calling for more favorable weather conditions, but another round of gusty Santa Ana winds was expected to hit the region Sunday through Tuesday.

There are "potential areas that have not burned that can possibly have new fire if embers are thrown", he said.

In a tweet on Saturday, he again accused state authorities of "gross mismanagement". Some 52,000 people remained evacuated from various towns.

Jerry Brown is requesting a "major disaster declaration" from the president for the wildfires burning at both ends of the state. Along with updates on progress in fighting the fire, he said this blaze signified a shift: fire crews are now facing the most erratic and challenging fight of their lives.

A member of the Malibu City Council was burned trying to save his home but was expected to recover.

State officials put the total number of people forced from their homes at about 250,000.

Wearing masks because the air was still heavy with smoke, people sidestepped metal that had melted off of cars or Jet-Skis as they surveyed their ravaged neighborhoods.

Jan McGregor, 81, got back to his small two-bedroom home in Paradise with the help of his firefighter grandson. "Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters". The safe was punctured with bullet holes from guns inside that went off in the scorching heat. "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it's that kind of devastation", said Cal Fire Captain Scott McLean.

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