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Posted: December 07, 2017

Chelsea Handler evacuates, blames Trump for California wildfires

California Wildfire: Thousands Evacuated

By Jennifer Brett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Television personality Chelsea Handler, among the thousands forced to evacuate due to the raging California wildfires, called out President Donald Trump in a controversial tweet about the blaze Wednesday. “It’s like Donald Trump is setting the world on fire. Literally and figuratively,” she wrote.

>> See the tweet here

The infernos have caused filming to halt temporarily and threaten the famed Getty Museum.

Handler’s antipathy for Trump often fuels her busy Twitter feed.

>> California wildfires force thousands to evacuate: Live updates

“We have got to get rid of Trump,” she posted on Nov. 22. “He is incapable of honesty or goodwill. He cares about no one. We must stay the course and not let up.”

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She also speaks out on national events with frequency.

>> On AJC.com: Strong winds ground firefighting aircraft

“Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in [sic] killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans,” she posted on Nov. 5, after a gunman opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Chelsea Handler Criticized For Tweet About Texas Shooting


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Chelsea Handler arrives at the 2017 Goldie's Love In For Kids at a private residence on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

California wildfires force thousands to evacuate: Live updates

Wildfires are raging through parts of Southern California, burning thousands of acres, destroying homes and businesses and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

>> PHOTOS: California wildfires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations

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Terrifying footage shows California drivers commuting mid-wildfire

Los Angeles commuters had one hell of a drive to work Wednesday morning as a wildfire swept through the Bel-Air district, forcing the closure of at least one stretch of a major freeway.

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The wildfire has reportedly reached about 50 acres in size and is still growing, fueled by 25-mph winds. While the freeway closures were in the name of safety, one negative result was a massive gridlock in one of Los Angeles’ most congested and busy areas. Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation notice to at least one neighborhood filled with multimillion-dollar homes, as the fire has already started burning some down. More than 125 firefighters have been on the scene, and water-dropping helicopters are reportedly being used to quench the flames.

Terrified drivers took to social media to share dramatic photos and videos from their drives:

“This is My drive to work this. Lord ‘Be still,'” one Twitter user wrote. “Praying for [people] up in those mountains, LA County and myself this morning.”

>> LIVE UPDATES: California wildfires force thousands to evacuate

Multiple wildfires are raging throughout Southern California, smothering the region in smoke. In addition to the Bel-Air fire, the Ventura County fire has forced at least 50,000 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, blazes from the Sylmar fire, Santa Clarita fire and San Bernardino fire have also had devastating effects.

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