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California's wildfires kill 25, displace over 300,000, and show no sign of letting up

California's Camp, Woolsey, and Hill wildfires continued to grow over the weekend, expanding to 105,000 acres, 70,000 acres, and 4,500 acres, respectively.

At least 23 people have been killed by the Camp Fire in northern California, where high winds are expected to return Sunday after a brief lull Saturday. An additional three dozen remain missing in the Camp Fire area.

Another two people were killed in the Woolsey Fire, which along with the smaller Hill Fire has prompted mass evacuations from Malibu and other areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. More than 300,000 people are displaced by the three fires combined, and none of the blazes is more than 25 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

President Trump, meanwhile, has continued to argue on Twitter that the fires are the result of improper forest management by California — "Get Smart!" — drawing the ire of the California Professional Firefighters union. "The president's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is Ill-informed, ill-timed, and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines," said a statement from the union's president.