Number of missing in California wildfires jumps to 631

Smoke from the Woolsey fire shrouds parts of Malibu Calif. A firefighter from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue has been injured at the Woolsey fire

Smoke from the Woolsey fire shrouds parts of Malibu Calif. A firefighter from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue has been injured at the Woolsey fire

Due to the administrative complications, it took longer for the official list of missing persons to be assembled. "Each trip I say 'this is the worst fire I have seen, ' and now we're here today, and I'll say 'this is the worst fire that I have seen'". He was helping to contain the Woolsey Fire in Southern California.

More than 600 people are listed as missing following the devastating California wildfires.

At a shelter set in a church in nearby Oroville, a bulletin board was plastered with dozens of photos of missing people, along with messages and phone numbers.

President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with victims of the deadly wildfires that have scorched the state.

He said the list of missing would keep fluctuating with names being added and others removed, either because they turn up safe or are identified among the dead.

The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and didn't realize they had been reported missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

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.

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Honea said he was too busy with the emergency and the recovery of human remains to analyse how the evacuation went.

The death toll also rose to 63 after the remains of seven more people were found.

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

Cal Fire said the Camp Fire had grown to 140,000 acres (57,000 hectares), but was 40% contained.

The Northern California fire that began a week earlier obliterated the town of Paradise and caused such carnage that searchers continued to pull bodies out of incinerated homes and cremated cars. Almost 12,000 buildings have been destroyed.

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

At the other end of the state, meanwhile, more residents were being allowed back into the zone of a wildfire that torched an area the size of Denver west of Los Angeles. Three deaths have been blamed on the blaze.

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