Newest toll of California wildfires: 66 useless, greater than 600 lacking

Many of those listed as missing during the course of the last week are over the age of 65

The number of people missing in a devastating wildfire in northern California jumped to more than 1,000 on Friday, authorities said, as the remains of eight other victims were found by rescuers.

The number of people listed as missing has skyrocketed past 600, authorities said on Thursday, as the remains of seven additional victims were found by rescuers.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters at a news conference Friday evening that the list of missing people ballooned as a result of staff going back through calls that came in during the beginning of the fire emergency, and more members of the the public phoning and emailing his office about people they haven't heard from.

Brown has praised President Trump for taking quick action in approving disaster relief funding, saying its time to pull together the people of California.

At least two people have died and 500 homes have been destroyed in the fire that's been burning in Southern California since November 8. "I think we're going to have that and I think we're going to have forests that are really safe".

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken to Twitter to blame the recent spate of fires on forest mismanagement, was due to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents. "I think everybody's seen the light and I don't think we'll have this again to this extent".

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Officials say they have contained nearly half of a Northern California deadly blaze that razed a town and killed at least 63 people.

"We have to do management, maintenance, and we will be working also with environmental groups", Trump said.

Nicole and Eric Montague, along with their 16-year-old daughter, showed up for free food but have been living with extended family in the neighboring city of Chico, in a one-bedroom apartment filled with 15 people and nine dogs. He also said he expects the list to fluctuate as some are located and others are reported missing. But he said some of those unaccounted for may never be identified.

The Camp Fire - the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history - has left 63 people dead, destroyed about 9,700 homes and scorched 142,000 acres.

"We are still receiving calls, we're still reviewing emails", Honea said Friday.

Get ready for a wet Thanksgiving in Northern California, with possible implications for Camp Fire evacuees in the Paradise area.

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In a odd tangent to the ongoing search for victims of the fire, officials announced that law enforcement officers on Thursday had shot and killed a fugitive in a staging area used for fire operations.

The Camp Fire is now the deadliest fire in the United States in a century.

It was 62 per cent contained. And in 30 days, firefighters have battled more than 500 blazes, Cal Fire said.

The President's plans for the visit, only his second as president, come after he initially criticized California forest management last weekend, shortly after the fires started, threatening to withhold federal emergency funds.

Vaughan said she's anxious about how she's going to explain to her 7-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son that she'll likely have to move away while they find some level of stability.

The smaller Hill Fire is now virtually 100 percent contained after it burned more than 4,500 acres, destroyed 2 buildings and damaged 2 more.

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