Number of people missing in California wildfires spikes to more than 600

Henrietta Strickland
November 17, 2018

As of Friday, the Woolsey fire was 67 percent contained.

The sheriff said the list is imperfect and will fluctuate in number because it is raw data that needs to be refined. In the end, 44 people died in several counties. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan - one that they used when fire came again last week.

Reeny Victoria Breevaart, who lives in Magalia, a forested community of 11,000 people north of Paradise, said she could not receive warnings because mobile phones were not working.

In his Fox News interview on the eve of his visit, the president repeated his criticism.

"The big problem we have is management", he said.

Wallace asked Trump if he believed that climate change contributed to the fires, due to hotter and drier conditions. Others said they received no warnings at all.

"In the initial hours of this extraordinarily chaotic event, as people were calling in, talking about people that they couldn't find. that information was being entered in as rapidly as possible by public safety dispatchers", he said. Brown and Newsom have been vocal critics of Trump.

There were also worries the presidential visit would be disruptive. "He needs to wait because the traffic's already horrendous", said Charlotte Harkness, whose home in Paradise burned down. "I'm not saying that in a negative way, a positive - I'm just saying the facts".

Search crews including many volunteers fanned out to continue the search for remains in burned out buildings.

"The fact that we have thousands and thousands of people in shelters would clearly indicate that we were able to notify a significant number of people", the sheriff said. At least 145 people have gotten sick, according to the Butte County Public Health Department, and "the number of sick people is increasing every day".

With winter coming on, survivors are seeking answers on what assistance will be provided. His wife is almost bedridden from lupus and fibromyalgia.

"We're having to stay at a Marriott, which is like $100 a night, and we're running out of money", Wilson said as he stood outside in rubber sandals and no socks - the only footwear he had when he fled the flames that destroyed his home. The blaze was 69 percent contained, authorities said.

Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in Southern California has claimed three lives and destroyed 548 structures in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, said Cal Fire, the state's forestry and fire protection agency.

At least three deaths were reported.

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