Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire as Trump visits

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire as Trump visits

"You know the floors of the forest, very important", President Trump said on Saturday to the bemusement of those in attendance. "I was with the president of Finland [.] he called it a forest nation and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don't have any problem".

President Donald Trump visited Northern California on November 17 to observe the damage caused by historic wildfires that have swept the region.

Almost 1,300 names are on a list of people unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began in Butte County, authorities said late Saturday.

He was then corrected by California Governor Jerry Brown who was stood next to him, and said: 'or Paradise - and what we just saw at Paradise is just not acceptable'.

At least 77 people have been killed by the wildfires that have spread through Northern California, and hundreds of others are missing.

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

The death toll far surpasses the previous fatality record from a single California wildfire - 29 in the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles - and already ranks among the deadliest USA wildfires since the turn of the last century.

Authorities attribute the high death toll from the blaze-dubbed "Camp Fire"-partly to the speed with which flames raced through the town with little warning, driven by strong winds and fueled by drought-desiccated scrub and trees".

The fire also burned many places to the ground, creating a landscape unique to many search-and-rescue personnel, he said.

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"We've never seen anything like this in California, we've never seen anything like this yet".

Mr Trump has blamed the fires on forest mismanagement, and while visiting California over the weekend, the US President added an eyebrow-raising solution to the mix.

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

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

He also suggested California's severe wildfires will make believers of even the most ardent climate change sceptics "in less than five years", and that those living near forests might need to build underground shelters to protect them from fires.

Northern California's Camp Fire has destroyed almost 10,000 homes and torched 233 square miles. "Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one".

The fire was 65 per cent contained Sunday.

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.

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