Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Number Missing in Fire Jumps Dramatically

Number Missing in Fire Jumps Dramatically

The number of missing in Californian wildfires has soared to 631, as authorities added hundreds of names to the lists of the unaccounted for Thursday, in what has become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history.

"A lot of people are displaced, and a lot of people don't know we're looking for them", Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said late Thursday.

Numerous missing are elderly, according to the list released by county officials.

"There are.so many ways that can go wrong, in the warning, the modes of getting the message out, the confusion. the traffic jams", said Max Moritz, a wildfire specialist with the University of California Cooperative Extension program.

California's outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats and vocal critics of Trump, planned to join the president Saturday. Gov.

And in an interview taped Friday to be aired on Fox News Sunday, Trump claimed that "you wouldn't have the fire" if the work of raking certain dry vegetation had been done ahead of time.

Trump subsequently issued an emergency declaration and a major disaster declaration at the request of the state, and on Wednesday, he said he spoke with California Gov.

"Now we're trying to go back out and make sure that we're accounting for everyone". Deputies are going around to shelters in an effort to identify people on the list and remove them from the list.

"The fact that we have thousands and thousands of people in shelters would clearly indicate that we were able to notify a significant number of people", the sheriff said.

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When the Camp Fire broke out, a man told Gates his mother was likely driving on a jammed roadway that hundreds used to flee the flames.

"I'm so grateful now that I got to do that and my kids got to see Paradise how I knew it", he said.

Updated lists can be found on the sheriff's website. "We have no family looking for us".

"Prince Philip and I offer our deepest sympathies to the people of California, who continue to suffer from the devastating fires across the state", she wrote. Honea said three sets of remains were found Thursday in Paradise, three in Magalia and one in Concow.

'Other countries do it differently, it's a whole different story, ' Trump said, citing purported comments from the president of Finland on how the Nordic nation deals with its forests. She said the office is distributing the names widely in the hope anyone on it might call in and say they're OK.

The Camp Fire, which has destroyed about 9,700 homes and scorched 141,000 acres in Northern California, is one of several in the state.

However, most of California's deadly fires of recent years have been in grasslands and brushy chaparral, Keeley said.

In Southern California, crews continued to gain ground against a blaze of more than 153 square miles that destroyed more than 500 structures in Malibu and communities.

Two electric utilities say they sustained equipment problems close to the origins of the blazes around the time they were reported.

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