California wildfires: Number of missing leaps to 600

16 November, 2018, 09:24 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Drone footage of the destroyed town of Paradise in northern California

"I want you to understand that the chaos we were dealing with was extraordinary" when the fire started, he told journalists, in explaining the staggering new number. "It is the devastation that only fires of this kind can bring about".

In the wake of the deadliest wildfire in California's history, the town of Paradise was left looking as if it had been hit by a nuclear bomb.

Two more people were killed during the Woolsey Fire, which also destroyed more than 400 structures and displaced about 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles. He said authorities were making the list public so people could see if they're on it, and let authorities know they are safe.

The announcements came as authorities continued to search the devastated town of Paradise for human remains.

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At least 63 people have been confirmed dead so far in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 280 km north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single U.S. wildfires since the turn of the last century.

It said almost 5,500 firefighters were battling the blaze and it did not expect it to be fully contained for another two weeks. It is expected to be fully contained by Monday.

Governor of California Jerry Brown said: "It looks like a war zone".

While the cause of the Camp Fire is still under investigation, a lawsuit has been filed against the local power company, PG&E, by fire victims claiming negligence by the utility.

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