California Camp Fire death jumps to 63, missing 631

Dwayne Harmon
November 16, 2018

It is now 40 percent contained, fire officials said.

Megan Janes says her aunt and uncle, Paradise residents Paula and Randy Dodge, are no longer missing but also "no longer with us". Many can not be with us today because they are fighting to protect their property and homes and they simply can not get out as they fight to survive without water, electricity, food, gas and, in some cases, shelter.

Janes adds that her "heart is quite heavy" but that "God will see us through".

More than six hundred people are missing in the rubble and ash left by California's deadly Camp Fire.

Information for contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance was posted on a board that allowed people to write the names of those they believed were missing.

The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump, who has been criticized as having politicized the fires by casting blame on forest mismanagement, plans to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents.

Sheriff Kory Honea asked relatives of missing people to submit DNA samples to speed up the identifying of the dead.

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Thousands of additional structures were still threatened by the blaze, and as many as 50,000 people remained under evacuation orders.

The revised official list of people unaccounted for, issued by the Butte County Sheriff's Office, leapt from 297 - a figure given earlier on Thursday - to 631.

Nicole said she fled once her home's mailbox caught fire and neighbors' propane tanks began exploding.

The death toll from the devastating Camp fire jumped to 63 on Thursday as search crews recovered seven more bodies in the burn area.

In 2008, the pair of wildfires that menaced Paradise destroyed 130 homes.

Denise Chester, an evacuee of the Camp Fire, hugs her son Antonio Batres as she volunteers sorting clothes at a makeshift shelter in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. The fire was 62 per cent contained after destroying almost 550 homes and other buildings.

Numerous victims and the hundreds missing in the Camp Fire were elderly people who lived in the Butte County town of Paradise, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. At least three deaths were reported.

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