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Number of people missing in California wildfires spikes to more than 600

Number of people missing in California wildfires spikes to more than 600

The White House announced that U.S. President Donald Trump would visit California on Saturday to meet with "individuals impacted by the wildfires". All were found inside structures, NBC News said.

Remains of eight more victims found in Northern California wildfire, raising death toll to 71.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Friday that a list of the missing, which he released Thursday with 631 names has now increased to 1,011 names.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Miranda Bowersox said Friday that the list of people who are unaccounted for is not a real-time reflection of who is missing.

"We have to do management, maintenance", said Trump, wearing a dark windbreaker and a camouflage-style "USA" ball cap.

Some on the list have been confirmed as dead by family and friends on social media.

Tamara Conry said she should never have been the list. "The explosions and the screams will never be a sound that I can forget". Conry wrote Thursday night on a Facebook page dedicated to finding people from the fire zone in and around the incinerated town of Paradise. "We're asking people to call us if they do come in contact with their loved one so that we don't spend time looking for somebody that's already found". "I called and left a message to take our names off".

Some listed have likely survived but not yet notified family or authorities, either because they lack phone service or were unaware anyone was looking for them, authorities said.

More than 1,000 people are now missing in California as the state grapples with the worst wildfires in its history. But they slowly whittled down the number. In the end, 44 people died in that series of fires in several California counties.

The visit came almost a week after Trump infuriated California leaders and firefighters by blaming them for the damage in what has since become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. It was 45 percent contained and posed no immediate threat to populated areas. He plans to travel to both regions of California that have been devastated by the blazes.

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"We will be talking about forest management".

"If you insult people, then you go visit them, how do you think you're going to be accepted?"

I've been saying for a long time.

"We're having to stay at a Marriott, which is like $100 a night, and we're running out of money", Wilson said as he stood outside in rubber sandals and no socks - the only footwear he had when he fled the flames that destroyed his home. "The big problem we have is management". In the past 30 days, firefighters have battled more than 500 blazes, said Cal Fire, the state's forestry and fire protection agency.

While Trump has been blaming California for mismanaging forests, the federal government owns and manages 60 percent of the state's forested land.

Roslyn Roberts, 73, forced from her home in Paradise, said she voted for Trump but would disagree with him if she has the chance on Saturday.

There were also worries the presidential visit would be disruptive. "He could just tweet something nice - three words: 'I am sorry, ' and that's fine".

Search crews including many volunteers fanned out to continue the search for remains in burned out buildings. With winter coming on, many are seeking answers on what assistance will be provided. Brock Long, administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency, said the Paradise damage was "one of the worst disasters" he had ever seen. His wife is almost bedridden from lupus and fibromyalgia.

More than 98,000 acres have been burned since the blaze began November 8, while evacuees remain in shelters and portions of Malibu and nearby areas must be rebuilt, officials said.

Authorities attribute the Camp Fire's high death toll partly to the speed with which flames raced through the town with little advance warning, driven by howling winds and fueled by drought-desiccated scrub and trees.