Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

65 killed in California wildfires, 631 missing

65 killed in California wildfires, 631 missing

The fire - which roared through Paradise, a town of 27,000 people in the Sierra foothills 280 km north of San Francisco, on November 8 - is among the deadliest to have hit the United States over the last century.

Numerous missing are elderly, according to the list released by county officials.

Brown said the destruction "looks like a war zone".

The wildfire this time all but razed the town of Paradise, population 27,000, and heavily damaged the outlying communities of Magalia and Concow on November 8, destroying 9,700 houses and 144 apartment buildings, authorities said. Close to 8,800 homes have been destroyed in Northern California. Trump is unpopular in much of Democratic-leaning California but not in Butte County, which he carried by 4 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

Earlier Saturday, Trump said he thought there were "a lot of factors" involved when asked about the role of climate change in contributing to the fires. In other news, the death toll continues to climb from the Camp Fire, and the number of unaccounted people soars to over 600. "The big problem we have is management".

Trump, of course, blamed forest mismanagement in a tweet last week, which led to widespread condemnation.

Trump a week ago on Twitter threatened to stop federal money from flowing to California.

"If you insult people, then you go visit them, how do you think you're going to be accepted?"

The executive order issued includes provisions that: expedite cleanup and removal of debris from the fires; extend the state's prohibition on price gouging during emergencies; expedite the use of suitable fairgrounds and state properties for temporary sheltering of fire survivors; suspend planning and zoning requirements and state fees for manufactured homes and mobile home parks to help displaced residents with housing needs; streamline regulations to allow hospitals and other health facilities impacted by the fires to remain open; and allow for the accelerated hiring of additional personnel for emergency and recovery operations. "I went and gave her a hug because I've been looking for her body".

That was the situation in the Northern California town of Redding leading up to a fire that began in July and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

Shares were under pressure recently but rallied on Friday following Picker's comments.

Why are the fires burning?

More than 230,000 acres burned in California in the past week - larger than the cities of Chicago and Boston combined.

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Paul Briones, a firefighter from Bakersfield, predicted Trump's visit would be a huge boost to the community, showing "that this on a national level is a priority".

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.

"Throughout the day firefighters will work to strengthen containment lines while also preparing for projected increased winds and a red Flag Warning this weekend", the report states.

Authorities are trying to reach those who called 911 to verify they've made contact with their loved ones, said Collins of the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

"I really hope he's still alive and we're going to be able to see him", Marbury's niece Sadia Quint, 30, told Reuters by phone.

The number of people unaccounted for grew to more than 1,000 on Friday.

"We are still receiving calls, we're still reviewing emails", Honea said Friday.

Sacramento fire stations no longer will distribute masks to the public after safety concerns were raised by the county, officials said.

"We call it Wally World", Flanagan said, a riff off the store name.

"We didn't have any time to react", Eric said. "This is a massive undertaking".

Police officers prepare to remove human remains found in a vehicle that was destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. It is believed they were unable to flee the fast-moving blaze or were trapped in their cars as they attempted to escape the inferno.

Maggie Missere-Crowder said if Trump came to the Walmart, she would shake his hand, but she otherwise needed to focus on getting her tent and plastic storage boxes with food and other items into her pickup truck. Price had been presumed missing but was tracked down at a shelter.

"It was so insane, I started crying in front of everybody", Price's daughter, Monica Whipple, said as she heard the news.

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