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631 reported missing, 63 dead in California wildfire

16 November, 2018, 16:28 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
  • Drone footage of the destroyed town of Paradise in northern California

Due to the administrative complications, it took longer for the official list of missing persons to be assembled.

A Sunday closure "gives us enough time to maybe figure something out", said Mike Robertson, an evacuee who arrived there on Monday with his wife and two daughters.

Janes adds that her "heart is quite heavy" but that "God will see us through". Another three people died in a fire in Southern California.

A few Northern California communities are moving to install sirens after some wine country residents complained they didn't receive warnings to evacuate ahead of a deadly wildfire in October 2017 that destroyed 5,300 homes.

At a shelter set in a church in nearby Oroville, a bulletin board was plastered with dozens of photos of missing people, along with messages and phone numbers.

President Trump is scheduled to travel to the Golden State on Saturday to visit victims of fires in both the northern and southern ends of the state.

"The chaos that we were dealing with was extraordinary", Honea said of the early crisis hours last week.

Chester, who doesn't want to know yet whether her home survived, said "I want to help".

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By the end of its first day, it had essentially destroyed the town of Paradise, which had a population of over 26,000 people. California Governor Jerry Brown said he expects the fires could be worse in the years to come.

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A police officer stretches crime scene tape around an area where human remains were found in a auto that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 15, 2018 in Paradise, California. 56 people are now confirmed dead and many more remain unaccounted for.

Authorities also raised the number of homes destroyed by the wildfire to 9,700.

Firefighting efforts have made progress in recent days, with the fire 52 percent contained.

At the other end of the state, meanwhile, more residents were being allowed back into the zone of a wildfire that torched an area the size of Denver west of Los Angeles.

A LINE of National Guard troops in white jumpsuits, red helmets and breathing masks sift for human remains in a town completely destroyed by the California wildfires.

There has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter housing people who left their homes to escape the Camp Fire, according to a Butte County public health spokeswoman.

Governor Jerry Brown escorted Zinke on the trip, and stated, "I've issued an executive order that will speed up recovery and cut red tape".

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