President Trump has blamed the large-scale devastation on gross mismanagement of the forests and warned of funding cuts. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" he said.
Wildfires burning across California have now killed 11 people, including nine found dead in a massive fire in northern California that destroyed the town of Paradise.
Authorities say the fire burning around the town of Paradise has become the state's most destructive since record-keeping began, and said they conducted numerous rescues Friday as they fought the flames, including using helicopters to rescue five people in the nearby community of Magalia.
The lull on 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. Evacuation centers also were established at Canoga Park Senior High School at 6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd.in Canoga Park, at Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center at 5005-C Los Angeles Ave.in Simi Valley and at Taft High School at 5461 Winnetka Ave.in Woodland Hills, although it was reported to be at capacity.
As firefighters struggle to contain the uncontrolled wildfires, forecasters said intense winds and low humidity could fuel the blazes and make them spread even farther.
The Washington crew has been sent to Chico, California, to join other teams battling the Camp Fire, which has burned an estimated 90,000 acres as of Saturday and thousands of structures. The Woolsey blaze also destroyed the home of "Dr".
In Paradise, Bass evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.
Witnesses describe ash and flames raining down from the sky, as well as gridlocked roads and downed electricity poles.
"Things started exploding", resident Gina Oviedo said.
Many abandoned their cars and trucks on the side of the road.
"We want to see Paradise be Paradise again".
Concerned friends and family posted anxious messages on Twitter and other sites, saying they were looking for loved ones, particularly seniors who lived at retirement homes or alone. "They'll get assignments to a fire to help with suppression efforts on some of the fires that are burning there right now, or they'll be staging".
A nurse called Rita Miller on Thursday morning, telling her she had to get her disabled mother, who lives a few blocks away, and flee Paradise immediately. "They had us in like a caravan", Napoli said. "We're anxious sick. They do have a vehicle, but they both are older and can be confused at times".
Malibu mansions burned to the ground in Southern California, while another fast-growing brush fire left employees at the Los Angeles Zoo racing to protect animals from smoke.
Officials took advantage of temporarily calm conditions to assess damage from the blaze that has burned 109 square miles north and west of Los Angeles. With flames bearing down, firefighters carried people from homes and put them in empty seats of their neighbors' cars, said Carol Napoli, 74.
The Woolsey Fire, which is threatening parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, grew to 8,000 acres in about 13 hours from Thursday afternoon into early Friday morning.