More Than 600 People Missing, 63 Dead in California’s Deadliest Wildfire

16 November, 2018, 16:29 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • A wildfire burns at the Salvation Army Camp on Nov. 10 2018 in Malibu

Trump to visit fire victims: US President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with people who have been impacted by the wildfires, the White House said in a statement.

Megan Janes says her aunt and uncle, Paradise residents Paula and Randy Dodge, are no longer missing but also "no longer with us".

Some survivors said that by the time they got warnings, the flames were already extremely close and they barely escaped with their lives.

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

The wildfire - which started on November 8 - remains the deadliest in California state history, leaving more than 8,500 structures destroyed and 140,000 acres of land scorched. As of now, 56 are dead and 297 people are missing.

As of Thursday, the number of victims of the Camp Fire in Northern California had risen to 63 - making it the deadliest single fire in the state's history.

He said the list of missing would keep fluctuating with names being added and others removed, either because they turn up safe or are identified among the dead.

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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).

"But there is sometimes an image of Malibu that people like me are more than other people, and there's a lot of people who need help from outside from you", Martin told the board.

Honea said he was too busy with the emergency and the recovery of human remains to analyze how the evacuation went. One body in Paradise was found in a vehicle that had been flipped on its side.

A Washington State firefighter who was part of the Woolsey Fire response was airlifted Thursday to Thousand Oaks after being struck by a auto in Malibu.

The number of people who remain unaccounted for in the Northern California area increased to 631, by more than 500 people, officials said. "Some days there might be more people".

Ten search teams were working in and around Paradise - a town of 27,000 north of Sacramento. The fire was 62 per cent contained after destroying almost 550 homes and other buildings. Three deaths have been blamed on the blaze.



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