Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Toll rises to 77 in deadliest California wildfire

Toll rises to 77 in deadliest California wildfire

"And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem".

"I was watching the firemen the other day and they were raking areas", Mr Trump said.

The fire zone in Northern California is to some extent Trump country, and that enthusiasm was on display as dozens of people cheered and waved flags as his motorcade went by. "And when they do, it's a very small problem".

Strong winds have complicated their efforts but they hope 10 centimetres of rain forecast for midweek will slow the spread.

"So yeah, you can mull the science, but I'll tell you every year it's going to get clearer and clearer so that I think in less than five years, even the worst skeptics are going to be believers".

The US President has been critical of prevention measures in California in the wake of devastating wildfires there.

Sheriff Kory Honea pleaded with evacuees to review the list of those reported as unreachable by family and friends and to call the department if those people are known to be safe.

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.

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Trump initially blamed state officials for poor forest management in exacerbating the fires and threatened to cut off federal funding.

PG&E Corp has said it could face liability that exceeds its insurance coverage if its equipment were found to have caused the Camp Fire. "All of that is combining to create the tragic situation that we saw today in both Northern California and here in Southern California". "It's like total devastation", Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise.

Answering questions from reporters with California officials about the state's wildfires on Saturday, Trump said that management of the "floors of the forest" was important for avoiding future environmental catastrophes like the Camp Fire, which has become the state's deadliest and most destructive fire in its history.

"I think that California's been really awful to him and the fights".

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

Northern California's Camp Fire has destroyed almost 10,000 homes and torched 233 square miles (600 square kilometers).

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

The Woolsey fire has been linked with three fatalities and has destroyed at least 500 structures in the mountains and foothills near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles.

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