Over 1000 missing in California fire

Over 1000 missing in California fire

Over 1000 missing in California fire

Searches were also continuing for those who perished and those who survived the deadliest United States wildfire in a century, ahead of a planned visit by president Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump arrived in California on Saturday (Nov 17) to meet with officials, victims and the "unbelievably brave" firefighters there, as more than 1,000 people are listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the U.S. state.

Virtually every home in Paradise, located 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of the state capital Sacramento, was destroyed by the fire, which was driven by high winds.

Fire officials said all possible causes besides human activity have been ruled out in that fire, and authorities have announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to anyone responsible for the wildfires.

The president has long voiced skepticism about man's impact on the climate and has been reluctant to assign blame to a warming earth for the increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters.

"No, no, I have a strong opinion".

"This is a dynamic list", Honea told reporters, saying it was compiled from "raw data" that likely included some duplication of names reported with more than one spelling. Jerry Brown and Gov-elect Gavin Newsom, both Democrats: "We will be talking about forest management". We're going to make it a lot better.

After seeing the damage first-hand Saturday, Trump told reporters it's "very sad to see". He commended first responders for countering the catastrophe and said the federal government will work with local authorities to improve forest management to mitigate similar disasters in the future. "So rather than wait for perfection, we're trying to get some progress going".

"I think by maybe seeing it he's going to be like 'Oh, my goodness, ' and it might start opening people's eyes", she told the Associated Press.

The disaster already ranks among the deadliest US wildfires since the turn of the last century. Eighty-seven people perished in the Big Burn firestorm that swept the Northern Rockies in August 1910. Minnesota's Cloquet Fire in October of 1918 killed 450 people.

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More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 55 percent of the blaze's perimeter. The fire covered 148,000 acres, fire officials said.

Jhonathan Clark walks in what was his house, destroyed by Camp fire, in Paradise, California, on November 15, 2018.

With more than 12,000 homes and other structures up in smoke, many survivors of the fire have taken up temporary residence with friends and family, while others have pitched tents or were camping out of their vehicles.

Trump's arrival comes as confusion continues over how many people remain unaccounted for.

Search teams with cadaver dogs, meanwhile, combed through charred, rubble-strewn expanses of burned-out neighborhoods looking for bodies.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the number of missing had soared from 631 on Thursday to 1,011 on Friday as more reports of missing were being sent in and as emergency calls made when the fire broke out on November 8 are being reviewed.

Honea underlined that the list of missing was constantly fluctuating and it did not mean that all those on the list were presumed dead.

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

Some listed have likely survived but not yet notified family or authorities. Forecasters are also predicting rain from Wednesday, which should help the thousands of firefighters battling the flames. It was 57 per cent contained on Friday.

That spot lies in a flood plain, so occupants are being urging to vacate the parking lot by Sunday afternoon, said Bryan May, a spokesman for the California Office of Emergency Services. That far surpasses the previous fatality record from a single California wildfire - 29 in the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.

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