Rain Is Forecasted for Fire-Ravaged California This Week

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In an interview following Mr Trump's comments, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said he did not recall mentioning raking to the U.S. leader.

As of Monday morning, the Butte County Sheriff's Office listed 991 names on its missing persons list, but authorities said it's unlikely the death toll will reach that high.

Officials said it had consumed about 60,000ha and was 65 per cent contained late on Sunday, up from 60 per cent earlier in the day, as prospects of a heavy rainstorm from late on Tuesday (Nov 20) onwards raised hopes that that percentage will rise as the week progresses.

The remains of 76 people have been recovered so far, 63 of whom have been tentatively identified pending DNA confirmation. Officials say ash that is now dry and easy to dust off would turn into paste, making it harder to uncover remains.

Almost 1,300 people remain unaccounted for as wildfires devastate California.

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Thousands of miles across the Atlantic, people in Finland are making a mockery out of President Donald Trump after the USA leader called on Americans to be more like Finns and take care of their forest floors by "raking and cleaning and doing things".

"I'm committed to make sure that we get all of this cleaned out and protected, (we've) got to take care of the forest, it's very important", Trump said in Paradise. "It's like total devastation", Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise and pledged the full support of the federal government. Rain is also forecast for midweek in the Paradise area.

Firefighters move debris while recovering human remains from a trailer home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise California US Nov 17 2018. REUTERS  Terray Sylvester
After a forest fire in California, the air was “the worst in the world”

Asked whether the job was tough, the 50-year-old volunteer said, "I just think about the positives, bringing relief to the families, closure".

That included Maggie Missere-Crowder, who said she was focused on getting her tent and boxes of food into her pickup truck.

Hundreds of Finns posted under the Twitter hashtag #rakefinlandgreatagain, many posting pictures of themselves in the forest or their gardens with rakes.

"Sweden had some of the worst forest fires in recent memory this summer", he said, adding that Finland has also been hit by wildfires.

As previously reported, the number of victims of forest fires in California has reached 71 people, missing persons believe 1011.

Scientists have said the growing frequency and intensity of wildfires in California and elsewhere across the West are largely attributable to prolonged drought that is symptomatic of climate change.

Up to 2 inches of rain is also expected to fall on southern California this week, where the Woolsey Fire claimed at least three lives.

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