Newest toll of California wildfires: 66 useless, greater than 600 lacking

More than 630 missing from California wildfire, the deadliest US wildfire in a century

The number of people listed as missing in one of California's deadliest wildfire has skyrocketed past 600, authorities said on Thursday as the remains of seven additional victims were found by rescuers.

Authorities stressed that not all on the list are believed missing, but the death toll has risen daily, standing at 71.

"(Governor) Jerry (Brown) and I have been speaking, and (Governor-elect) Gavin (Newsom) and I have now gotten to know each other.

Authorities say the search for bodies in Paradise and other towns could take weeks.

As deadly urban wildfires become more common, officials should also consider establishing "local retreat zones, local safety zones" in communities where residents can ride out the deadly firestorms if escape seems impossible, Moritz said.

"I was with the president of Finland and he said, 'We have a much different -we're a forest nation.' He called it a forest nation, and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things", Trump said, standing amid crumbled homes and melted cars.

This patch of California, a former Gold Rush region in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is to some extent Trump country.

Butte County voted for Trump. To see what's happened here, nobody ever thought this could have happened. "The big problem we have is management".

The names were being compiled from information received from a special hotline, along with email reports and a review of emergency 911 calls that came in on the first night of the fire, Honea said. Trump subsequently approved a federal disaster declaration.

"The lessons we had learned in the past kind of went out of the window due to the sheer speed and intensity of this fire", Paradise Emergency Operations Coordinator Jim Broshears said. The Camp Fire has been raging for over a week across northern California, razing over 142,000 acres and laying waste the town of Paradise and its environs.

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California's outgoing and incoming governors said they would join Trump on Saturday. A spokesman said he had been on the job for more than 21 years.

Cal Fire said that 40 percent of the Camp Fire's perimeter had been contained, up from 35 percent, even as the blaze footprint grew 2,000 acres to 141,000 acres (57,000 hectares).

Firefighters were racing against time with winds up to 40 miles per hour and low humidity expected Saturday night into Sunday. "You know the floors of the forest - very important", the president said.

The number of people unaccounted for after the fire has fluctuated all week and officials have warned those numbers are nearly certain to change day by day.

He said the roster probably includes some who fled the blaze and do not realize they've been reported missing.

"We are still receiving calls. I think we're going to have that and I think we're going to have forests that are really safe". "This is a massive undertaking".

A Walmart in Chico has a parking lot full of vehicles, including motor homes, in which people are living, often running the heat in their cars and trucks all night. They'll be searching residences that have been burned. At least 71 are confirmed dead and almost 10,000 homes have been destroyed by the Camp Fire.

Another mother, Donna Price, was found alive, tracked down at one of the area's packed shelters.

"It was so insane, I started crying in front of everybody", Whipple said.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office published the list on its website.

Queen Elizabeth is offering her emotional support to Meghan Markle's home state of California. The home had burned down to its concrete foundation.

The sheriff refused to guess whether the list of the missing would ultimately swell the number of dead.

Tamara Conry said she should never have been the list.



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