California wildfires: Over 600 missing as seven more victims found


Recovery teams with cadaver dogs pressed on with their search for more victims in a flame-ravaged northern California town on Friday as authorities sought clues to the fate of more than 1,000 people reported missing in the deadliest wildfire in state history.

At least 63 people were killed in and around Paradise, which was virtually destroyed by the Camp Fire, a blaze that erupted November 8 in the Sierra foothills, 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco.

More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 45 percent of the blaze's perimeter, up from 35 percent a day earlier, even as the burned landscape grew slightly to 142,000 acres (57,000 hectares).

With almost 12,000 homes and buildings burned, fire refugees have taken up residence in tents or their vehicles and filled evacuation centers to overflowing.

More than 1100 evacuees were being housed in 14 emergency shelters set up in churches, schools and community centres around the region, American Red Cross spokeswoman Greta Gustafson said.

As many as 50,000 people are still under evacuation orders after an army of firefighters from across the U.S. were called in to control the flames.

On Friday night, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the latest official roster of people reported unaccounted for by loved ones had grown to 1011 or almost 400 more names than were posted Thursday night and more than three times the number counted as missing on Thursday afternoon.

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Some of those still unaccounted for have likely survived but not yet notified family or authorities that they are alive, either because they lack telephone service or are unaware anyone is looking for them, authorities said. Others have been located and are safe, but authorities haven't got around to marking them as found. Communication disruptions after the fire have added to the confusion.

The fire is among the deadliest to have hit the United States over the last century.

Authorities are blaming the high death toll and widespread destruction on the lightning-fast speed of the flames, which were driven by high winds through the parched land.

President Trump is expected to visit California on Saturday to survey the damage with Governor Jerry Brown.

In his Fox News interview on the eve of his visit, the president repeated his criticism. "The big problem we have is management".

"If you insult people, then you go visit them, how do you think you're going to be accepted? You're not going to have a parade", Maggie Crowder of Magalia said Thursday outside an informal shelter at a Walmart parking lot in Chico. The blaze was 69 percent contained, authorities said.

No official cause for the fire has been determined, but Pacific Gas & Electric said in a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week that its equipment may have sparked the blaze.