President Trump Tours Wildfire-Ravaged Malibu Area

President Donald Trump is getting a personal look at the wildfire damage in Southern California's Malibu area.

Posted: Nov 17, 2018 6:43 AM
Updated: Nov 17, 2018 6:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump is getting a personal look at the wildfire damage in Southern California's Malibu area.

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the damage in the town of Paradise.

In Malibu, the president visited a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where houses once stood and palm trees stand scorched, signs of the intense fires.

Trump praised local officials, first responders and military assistance, and he said permits to rebuild will be expedited.

Standing alongside Trump, California Gov. Jerry Brown says officials will need to assess all the information available about wildfires in planning for the future.

The state's governor-elect, Gavin Newsom, says people have had enough and the problem needs to be dealt with head-on.

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4:15 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he traveled to the heart of California's killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the desolation wrought on the landscape.

One of the places Trump visited Saturday was what remained of the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park in Paradise, California.

The president says he hopes the fire in the Paradise area will be the last because, in his words, "this was a really, really bad one."

Trump pledged that improved forest management practices will diminish future risks.

The president also toured an operation centers, met with response commanders and praised the work of firefighters, law enforcement and representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

At least 71 people have died across Northern California.

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2:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived in Chico, California, as he surveys wildfire devastation.

He flew aboard Marine One after landing at Beale Air Force Base near Sacramento.

The presidential motorcade has driven past some scorched fields as well as destroyed homes and burned out cars.

Along the route are some bystanders who are holding Trump signs.

One man was holding a garden rake to which he taped a sign that said: "Our Fault: Really?"

That seems to be a reaction to Trump's first reaction to the fires, when he tweeted last week: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests."

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12:45 p.m.

The killer wildfire in Northern California and the recent country-music bar shooting hundreds of miles south have drawn President Donald Trump to the state for a one-day visit.

He's touring the scorched areas and plans to talk with state leaders and first responders.

He's also expected to visit with gunfire victims and their families in Southern California.

The president left Washington early in the morning and isn't expected to return to the White House until well past midnight.

He plans to get a firsthand look at the devastation from the fires. At least 71 people have died, and authorities are trying to locate more than 1,000 people, though not all are believed missing.

Update 11:50 am: 

President Trump is in Paradise, California. He is talking to Paradise's Town Mayor Jody Jones at the Camp Fire Evacuation zone. 

Update 10:30 am:

President Trump landed in Northern California at the Beale Air Force Base. He is now traveling to Paradise, California with first responders. He will talk to fire victims and other first responders once he arrives. 

Update 6:45 am: 

Northern California- President Trump is on his way to the Camp Fire. When he lands he will be meeting with California Governor Jerry Brown. On his visit he will also be speaking with victims from the Camp Fire. We will be updating this page during his visit to California. 

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