Trump mistakenly refers to fire-ravaged Paradise as 'Pleasure' during California visit


Donald Trump twice referred to the fire-ravaged California town of Paradise as "Pleasure" during a weekend visit to survey the damage. While the rain would help douse the flames, it could also cause floods and mudslides.

Up to 400 people were involved in the overall search and recovery effort.

If no remains are found, the team leaves a note in orange spray paint near the home.

He said: "You are watching from NY or you are watching it from Washington DC and you don't really see the gravity of it".

He said his approach was to try to picture the house before it burned and think where people might have hidden. The National Weather Service said the area could get 20 miles per hour sustained winds and 40 miles per hour gusts, which could make it hard for crews to keep making progress against the blaze.

Chillingly, a further 1,000 people are still unaccounted for, with officials warning that the final death toll could rise far higher, and that the intensity of the blazes means the true figure may never be known.

People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first responders: "We ask for continued strength as they are growing tired right now".

Brown said the federal government was doing what it needed to do, including supporting first responders and helping with clean-up and search for victims.

"If the fire stayed long enough and burned hot enough, the bones could, at a minimum, be fragmented down to such a small amount that we couldn't see them, and it's possible that even the dogs might not be able to detect them".

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Trump's ideas about how to prevent forest fires have also prompted some puzzled reactions.

The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, the Camp Fire has destroyed more than 15,000 structures total, including more than 11,700 homes, according the Monday morning incident report.

In an interview with Fox, he claimed "nobody's ever seen what's going on over there" in California - despite it being the nation's most populous state, and media extensively covering the fire since it began.

Trump and his advisers have also previously blamed Canadian lumber imports as a reason fallen trees haven't been removed from forests, creating more fuel for the forest fires.

"There have been some back and forth between California leaders and the president", Mr Brown said. "But in the face of tragedy, people tend to rise above some of their lesser propensities. So I think we're on a good path".

Rain was forecast for midweek in the Paradise area. The homeowner then made dinner for the entire crew.

Northern California's Camp Fire has so far destroyed almost 10,000 homes and blackened 375 square kilometres.

The fire was 65 per cent contained Sunday.

Firefighters in Northern California have mixed thoughts on President Donald Trump's criticism of forest management but say their main focus is fighting the blaze.