Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
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Trump calls the fire-ravaged town of Paradise 'Pleasure'

Trump calls the fire-ravaged town of Paradise 'Pleasure'

Donald Trump twice referred to the fire-ravaged California town of Paradise as "Pleasure" during a weekend visit to survey the damage.

The president said they engage in "raking and cleaning things and they don't have any problem".

Mr Trump expressed sadness during his visit on Saturday at the devastation in a California town, as more than 1,200 people listed as missing in the worst-ever wildfire to hit the USA state.

"If the fire stayed long enough and burned hot enough, the bones could, at a minimum, be fragmented down to such a small amount that we couldn't see them, and it's possible that even the dogs might not be able to detect them".

Almost 400 people searched for victims amid the scorched debris in Paradise on Sunday, wading through ash that officials say could turn into a thick paste, the Associated Press reported.

Rain is forecast for the area this week, potentially helping douse the flames, but raising the risk of floods and mudslides that will swell the misery of 46,000 people under evacuation orders.

Officials discussed the causes with President Trump on Saturday after he played down climate change on a visit to Paradise in the north of the state and appeared to blame the fires on a failure to clear combustible material.

In Paradise, home to almost 27,000 people before the Camp Fire struck, two forensic anthropologists for the University of Nevada, Reno, were helping firefighters on Saturday sort through the wreckage at a mobile home park for senior citizens.

He isn't sure where Mr Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country's routine for managing its substantial forests.

In an interview with Fox, he claimed "nobody's ever seen what's going on over there" in California - despite it being the nation's most populous state, and media extensively covering the fire since it began.

The fire also burned many places to the ground, creating a landscape unique to many search-and-rescue personnel, he said. "It's like total devastation", Mr Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise and pledged the full support of the federal government. "So I think we're on a good path". "It's back and forth between the state and the feds".

Northern California's Camp Fire has destroyed about 10,500 homes and torched 233 square miles (603 square kilometres).

At last count, the Camp Fire had destroyed more than 13,600 homes and other structures, authorities said late on Sunday.

More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 55 percent of the blaze's perimeter.

In Southern California, Trump also met briefly at an airport hangar with families and first responders touched by the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks more than a week ago.

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