Number of missing in California fire doubles to more than 600

16 November, 2018, 16:27 | Author: Sally Reid
  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke second from left shakes hands with firefighters while visiting decimated Paramount Ranch Thursday Nov. 15 2018 in Agoura Hills Calif. The landmark film location burned to the ground by the Woolsey Fire. (AP

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. "There are more evacuees, more people running out of money for hotels".

Out of the victims, 53 of them have been identified. He said some of those unaccounted for many never be found.

Firefighting efforts have made progress in recent days, with the fire 52 percent contained. Three people have died in the "Woolsey Fire" northwest of Los Angeles.

Firefighters are also fighting two large wildfires in Southern California, where another three people have died.

Around a quarter of a million people had to leave their homes, with many documenting unsafe escapes from the flames on social media.

The number of people unaccounted for jumped dramatically to 631 people, up from 130 on Wednesday evening.

The announcement came Thursday as authorities continued to search the devastated town of Paradise for human remains.

Long said Paradise was looking at a "total rebuild", with most homes, businesses and infrastructure destroyed.

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More than 75 tents have popped up at the Chico store to house people evacuated from the fire that destroyed the town of Paradise and surrounding area.

In a post on Twitter, she says her family has "found our answer" and asks for prayers as they get through this "very hard time". At the People's Choice Awards on Sunday, stars called for prayers and donations to help residents and rescuers.

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". These horses have unusual temporary stables at the lifeguard towers on a beach in Malibu as a result of the Woolsey Fire. "It looks like a war zone".

The missing persons' list has doubled since earlier on Thursday.

The Camp Fire in Butte County has now destroyed 8,756 homes, 1,310 outbuildings and 260 commercial buildings.

The Camp Fire that's burning in Butte County is the deadliest wildfire in California state history. Scientists largely attribute the devastating blazes to climate change which has caused a prolonged drought in the state.

It is now 40 percent contained, fire officials said.

He has previously blamed Californian officials for wildfires and threatened to withhold federal funding.



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