Published: Fri, November 16, 2018

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

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

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.

Honea said the number of those missing was likely to fluctuate as people call in to report loved ones unaccounted for or found alive.

The sheriff has asked relatives of the missing to submit DNA samples to hasten identification of the dead. The man was wanted for a double homicide in 2014 and had been seen for three days camped out in his vehicle. Rescue teams continue to pull human remains from cars and homes.

The Camp Fire, which broke out a week ago in the drought-affected Sierra Foothills 280 kilometres north of San Francisco, has left at least 63 people dead.

Pacific Gas & Electric, commonly referred to as PG&E, the utility company in Northern California, may be responsible for the Camp Fire that's now burning Northern California.

Cal Fire also announced that they are investigating a second location that could be the possible start of the Camp Fire. The fire is now 140,000 acres and 40-percent contained.

Authorities said cooler temperatures and calmer winds had brought welcome relief to fire crews. 'You're not going to be able to rebuild Paradise the way it was, ' said Brock Long, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "It looks like a war zone".

The complaint alleged that the fire began on November 8 when a high voltage transmission line failed, igniting tinder-dry vegetation.

An informal camp for wildfire refugees in a Walmart parking lot in Northern California is going to be closing.

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