California wildfire death toll rises as number on missing list tops 1000

California wildfire death toll rises as number on missing list tops 1000

California wildfire death toll rises as number on missing list tops 1000

Some who fled a Northern California town leveled by the deadliest us wildfire in a century waved American flags to welcome President Donald Trump, who walked among the scorched ruins Saturday, but others said they were focused on packing up what little they had left and getting to their next temporary home.

At least 71 people have died across Northern California, and authorities are trying to locate more than 1,000 people, though not all are believed missing.

The blaze that started 8 November all but razed the town of Paradise, population 27,000, and heavily damaged the outlying communities of Magalia and Concow.

Asked whether the scenes of devastation had changed his view on climate change, Mr Trump said: "No".

The President has long voiced scepticism 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. I have a strong opinion.

Later, after touring the burned remains of the town of Paradise, which is all but destroyed in the wake of the fire, Trump said he was stunned by the scale of the devastation. You know the floors of the forest, very important. "That's what it's going to cost before we get finished".

Though Trump previously threatened to revoke federal funding to California over its allegedly poor forest management - a move firefighters called "ill-informed", "reckless" and "insulting" - Brown noted that Trump had since given California federal funding to fight the fires and "said and pledged very specifically to continue to help us, that he has our back".

Those comments echoed his initial reaction to the fires November 10 when he blamed the wildfires on poor forest management and threatened then to withhold federal payments. "It's going to work out well", he added.

When asked about whether his relationship is now improved with the California leaders he has so openly criticized, Trump said, "I think we've developed a good relationship".

It is the deadliest USA wildfire in a century. "They need to protect people, not just in big cities". It was 55% contained as of early Sunday.

Officials hope to have the Camp Fire contained within the next two weeks. The blaze has left at least 76 dead and more than 1,000 still unaccounted for.

More news: Woolsey Fire burns 83,275 acres, 5 percent contained

The blaze has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago, destroying almost 10,000 homes and more than 2,500 other buildings. About 47,200 remained evacuated Friday, officials said.

Search teams are combing through burned-out areas looking for bodies - or anything that might carry human DNA.

Five more sets of remains were found Saturday, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said.

Some of those on the list may be fine but unaware they have been reported missing, or unable to call, authorities say. "Great families, torn apart".

Many on the missing list are over the age of 65. "I think everybody's seen the light".

President Trump arrived in Point Mugu on Saturday afternoon after a flight from Beale Air Force Base in Yuba County.

Some listed have likely survived but not yet notified family or authorities. Rain was forecast for midweek, which could help firefighters but also complicate the search for remains.

In Southern California, meanwhile, more residents were being allowed back into their homes near Los Angeles after a blaze torched an area the size of Denver and destroyed more than 600 homes and other structures.

"Where Californians have spent days engulfed in toxic wildfire smoke, incoming rain and wind will offer dramatic relief later next week", said AccuWeather Meteorologist and air quality blogger Faith Eherts.

The precise causes of the Camp and Woolsey fires were under investigation, but electric utilities have reported equipment problems in the vicinity of both blazes around the time they erupted.

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