Grim search for 993 missing after deadliest California wildfire

19 November, 2018, 23:58 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Death toll rises to 76 in California fire as Trump visits

"And they're raking them - they're on fire", Trump said.

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 U.S. state. Following Trump's comments, Niinistö says he spoke to Trump on November 11 when they both were in Paris for Armistice Day, and their conversation focused on the California wildfires and the surveillance system Finland uses to monitor forests for fires.

Authorities do not believe all those on the list are missing and the roster dropped by 300 on Sunday as more people were located or got in touch to say they were not missing.

Rain would help suppress the fire but could also complicate the search and recovery effort.

"I think everybody's seen the light and I don't think we'll have this again to this extent".

Trump visited Paradise on Sunday, to check out the damage for himself.

The coming weather is set to be the first major rainfall in about six months, and could bring unsafe conditions to the millions of acres that have been affected by multiple summer wildfires, such as the Mendocino Complex Fire which destroyed 75 homes in August and was declared the state's largest wildfire before it was overtaken this month by the Camp Fire.

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. "It's like total devastation", Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise and pledged the full support of the federal government.


"Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one", Trump said of the fire.

Trump has blamed the recent spate of fires on forest mismanagement, and he said he discussed the issue with Brown and Newsom on the ride into Paradise.

"There have been some back and forth between California leaders and the president", Mr Brown said.

But Twitter users, especially in Finland, were quick to disabuse him of the idea they spent their free time raking national forests in a flurry of memes under the hashtag #RakeNews a twist on his often-used defensive words "fake news".

Finland has a notably different climate from dry California, being more than 20 degrees further to the north than the region hit by the Camp Fire.

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.

The Camp and Woolsey fires are around 55% and 88% contained, respectively.

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