The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

7:45 a.m.

Firefighters work on a controlled burn at a wildfire, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Firefighters work on a controlled burn at a wildfire, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Officials say a deadly blaze that leveled a Northern California town has spread overnight but crews also got some control of the flames.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Saturday that the wildfire grew to 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) but it’s 20 percent contained.

Cathy Fallon wipes her face beside her son Gabriel Fallon as she stands near the charred remains of her home Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Paradise, Calif.
Cathy Fallon wipes her face beside her son Gabriel Fallon as she stands near the charred remains of her home Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. “I’ll be darned if I’m gonna let those horses burn in the fire” said Fallon, who stayed on her property to protect her 14 horses, “It has to be true love.” All of the horses survived. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Cal Fire says the blaze that started Thursday in the hills near the town of Paradise destroyed 6,453 homes and 260 businesses. An additional 15,000 structures are threatened. At least nine people have died.

A Jack In the Box destroyed by a massive wildfire is seen Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, near Paradise, Calif. Authorities say the fire burning around the town of Paradise has become the state's most destructive since record-keeping began. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A Jack In the Box destroyed by a massive wildfire is seen Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, near Paradise, Calif. Authorities say the fire burning around the town of Paradise has become the state’s most destructive since record-keeping began. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Officials say more than 3,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is California’s most destructive wildfire since record-keeping began.

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Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats while battling the Camp Fire in Big Bend, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Millosovich said the cage fell from the bed of a pick-up truck as an evacuee drove to safety. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Capt. Steve Millosovich carries a cage of cats while battling the Camp Fire in Big Bend, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Millosovich said the cage fell from the bed of a pick-up truck as an evacuee drove to safety. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

1:30 a.m.

Residents of Paradise, California, are talking about narrow escapes from their burning homes as a wildfire rapidly approached. Many got stuck in gridlocked traffic trying to escape. (Nov. 9)
Residents of Paradise, California, are talking about narrow escapes from their burning homes as a wildfire rapidly approached. Many got stuck in gridlocked traffic trying to escape. (Nov. 9)

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is “so poor.”

Trump says Saturday via Twitter that “there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California.” Trump says “billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

Residents of Paradise, in Northern California, fled a fast-moving wildfire that continues to burn out of control. People reported seeing much of the community go up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement center. (Nov. 9)
Residents of Paradise, in Northern California, fled a fast-moving wildfire that continues to burn out of control. People reported seeing much of the community go up in flames, including homes, supermarkets, businesses, restaurants, schools and a retirement center. (Nov. 9)

The comments were Trump’s first about massive wildfires, including a blaze that incinerated most of the Northern California town of Paradise and killed at least nine people.

Residents of Paradise, California, forced to evacuate due to a wildfire are learning that many homes and businesses were destroyed. Firefighters say flames moved so fast there was nothing they could do. (Nov. 9)
Residents of Paradise, California, forced to evacuate due to a wildfire are learning that many homes and businesses were destroyed. Firefighters say flames moved so fast there was nothing they could do. (Nov. 9)

Wildfires also raged in Southern California, including the town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman days earlier killed a dozen people at a local bar.

Trump earlier issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds to help firefighters.

Source: The Associated Press

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