Number Missing in Fire Jumps Dramatically


Republican U.S. President Donald Trump is due to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents.

Another seven bodies were found Thursday, bringing the death toll in California's deadliest-ever wildfire to 63, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Sheriff Honea said the list may contain people who do not know they are considered lost.

Some on the list have been confirmed as dead by family and friends on social media. Others said they received no warnings at all. Combined with relatives who have reported loved ones missing, investigators are looking into reports of 631 people possibly missing. "The explosions and the screams will never be a sound that I can forget". That includes the University of California, Berkeley men's basketball game Thursday night, which was called off, and its football game, which was rescheduled for December 1. "I called and left a message to take our names off".

The firefighter is among the more than 100 firefighters from Washington state who have been sent to both Northern and Southern California to help with the deadly wildfires. But they slowly whittled down the number.

Three more people have also died in the Woolsey Fire, further south.

The wildfire ignited November 8 and largely destroyed the town of Paradise and nearby communities.

Firefighters continued to gain ground against the blaze, which blackened 222 square miles (575 square kilometers) but was 45 percent contained and posed no imminent threat to populated areas.

Firefighting efforts have made progress in recent days, with the fire 52 percent contained.

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Federal agencies overseen by the Trump administration own and manage about 19 million acres of that total.

"We welcome the President's visit to California and are grateful for the quick response to our aid requests, the Democratic leaders said in a statement on Twitter". He also threatened to withhold federal payments to the state. As mobile phone service went down, authorities went into neighbourhoods with bullhorns to tell people to leave.

Many others found haven at an encampment that sprang up in the parking lot outside a still-open Walmart store in Paradise, where dozens of evacuees pitched tents or slept in their cars.

"We'll be looking at everything", he said. "The big problem we have is management".

Trump has come under fire for blaming the fires on mismanagement of forests. "You look at other countries where they do it differently and it's a whole different story".

"The thing he's tweeting about is his property", Shawkey said. Jerry Brown (D) and Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom (D) on Saturday to visit the Camp Fire that's still raging in Paradise, California.

"It's already a zoo here and I don't care who the president is".

Everything she and her husband, Grady, own is gone, along with a home they were renting, "a quirky older house with lots of character and lots of room" for their six kids, she said. The number changes daily with more calls coming in. His wife is almost bedridden from lupus and fibromyalgia.