Officials try to account for hundreds missing in fire's wake

A wildfire burns at the Salvation Army Camp on Nov. 10 2018 in Malibu

The Nov. 8 fire killed 63 people, destroyed 9,700 homes and displaced 52,000 people in the town of Paradise and nearby towns.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, will travel to the disaster zone Saturday to get a look at the grief and damage from the deadliest US wildfire in a century and could encounter locals resentful over his suggestion California is to blame for its misfortune.

The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump plans to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents. It also accounts for a reported 66 of the 69 fire casualties reported, but those numbers are still shifting.

They said they were aware a fire was coming toward Paradise last week but were stunned by how quickly it arrived.

Reeny Victoria Breevaart, who lives in Magalia, a forested community of 11,000 people north of Paradise, said she couldn't receive warnings because cellphones weren't working. With approaching flames and immovable traffic, her evacuation with her daughter was so harrowing that she called Eric to say they were going to die. The Woolsey Fire is nearing 100,000 acres as of Friday and is nearly 70 percent contained. "Checking around the residences. our mission is to find the victims from this fire, recover them and get them identified and notify the families to give them some answers".

"I just want to go home", she said.

Officials have said it's hard to determine the number of missing.

"We're asking people to call us if they do come in contact with their loved one so that we don't spend time looking for somebody that's already found", Collins said.

"We just had 10% of our county's housing stock erased in one day; it's hard to convey the significance of that", he said.

The District advises residents, especially children and people with breathing problems, to try and stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed.

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"I think he should come, and hopefully help people and not put everybody down", he said.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it expects to have the Woolsey Fire fully contained by Monday and the Camp Fire contained by November 30. "Short-term, we are fine, but long-term we are not".

Paradise sits on a ridge between two higher hills, with only one main exit out of town.

"And there is nothing to replace it" for low-income families, he said. Almost 8,700 homes were destroyed and 15,500 buildings threatened, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said on Thursday.

Paradise's ghostly expanse of empty lots covered in ash and strewn with twisted wreckage and debris made a strong impression on Governor Jerry Brown, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other officials who toured the devastation on Wednesday and were due to visit the scene of the Woolsey Fire on Thursday.

Then, Gates found her at a shelter for evacuees.

Officials have not yet confirmed what started any of the blazes, as investigations are continuing. The stomach bug causes vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.

The were other smaller blazes in southern California including the Woolsey Fire that is linked to three fatalities and destroyed at least 500 structures near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles. It is 62% contained.

An ashy haze has blanketed many parts of Northern California, leading to an "unhealthy" air quality index. That's larger than the cities of Chicago and Boston combined.

The space agency sees more difficulties ahead for firefighters battling the Camp Fire, which wiped out the town of Paradise.

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