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    A motorists on Highway 101 watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

    Trump Says Disastrous California Wildfires Caused 'Catastrophic Destruction'

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump said that the ongoing wildfires in the western state of California had caused a “catastrophic damage” adding that 52,000 people have been already evacuated over the disaster.

    Three major fires are currently raging in California, with the Camp Fire hitting its north, and the Woolsey Fire and the Hill Fire hitting its south. The disaster, which started on Thursday and quickly spread across the state, has already claimed 11 lives and destroyed over 6,500 buildings.

    "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor." Trump wrote on his Twitter page on late Saturday.

    The president pointed out that the fires were expanding very quickly.

    The president pointed out that the fires were expanding very quickly.

    “These California fires are expanding very, very quickly (in some cases 80-100 acres a minute). If people don’t evacuate quickly, they risk being overtaken by the fire. Please listen to evacuation orders from State and local officials!” Trump added. On Saturday, Trump also declared a state of emergency in California.

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