VOA: California Wildfire Toll Rises to 71, More Than 1,000 Missing17 November 2018 | 08:05 | FOCUS News Agency
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Friday that a list of the missing, which he released Thursday with 631 names has now increased to 1,011 names.
He stressed that list likely includes people who fled the fire and don’t realize they have been reported missing, and said the list will likely fluctuate in number up and down. Honea urged people to inform authorities if they survived the fire.
Firefighters battling what is known as the Camp Fire gained ground Friday in containing and suppressing the flames.
Some 500 rescue workers sifted through debris in and around the northern California town of Paradise Friday, one week after the deadly blaze erupted and quickly raced through the town of 27,000. The blaze reduced the town to ashes, having destroyed nearly 12,000 structures, including at least 9,700 homes, and still threatens thousands of additional structures.
The White House announced that U.S. President Donald Trump would visit California on Saturday to meet with “individuals impacted by the wildfires.” He plans to travel to both regions of California that have been devastated by the blazes.
Trump’s visit comes a week after he initially blamed California officials for the wildfires and threatened to withhold federal money. His tweets did not mention California’s drought conditions, which many scientists say are symptomatic of climate change
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