Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

California Wildfire Missing Toll Rises To Over 600, Trump Set To Visit

California Wildfire Missing Toll Rises To Over 600, Trump Set To Visit

The Butte County Sheriff announced new information in the human toll from the Camp Fire Thursday, saying seven more bodies were found in the wreckage left behind by the deadly blaze, bringing number of dead to 63.

Sheriff Kory Honea said almost 300 people initially reported as missing had been found alive, and the list would keep fluctuating as people were found safe or identified among the dead. Another three were found in Magalia and one was discovered in Concow.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Thursday that the high number of missing people probably included some who fled the blaze and didn't realise they had been reported missing. Some 52,000 people have been displaced.

More than 600 people are listed as missing following the devastating California wildfires.

The fire is now 40 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Butte County Fire Department. Actor Gerard Butler said on Instagram that his house in Malibu was "half-gone".

At the other end of the state, meanwhile, crews continued to gain ground against a blaze of more than 97,920 acres that destroyed over 500 structures in Malibu and other Southern California communities.

The California fire department (Cal Fire) said early on Thursday that the "Camp Fire" has destroyed 140,000 acres (56,655 hectares) and was 40 percent contained. "Some days there might be more people".

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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.

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

Meanwhile, hundreds of fire refugees are living in tents and makeshift shelters.

A further 631 people remained unaccounted for, a vast increase from just a day prior when officials said 130 people were missing.

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.

Ten search teams were working in and around Paradise - a town of 27,000 north of Sacramento. At least three deaths were reported.

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