Camp Fire Death Toll Grows to 63, More Than 600 Still Missing

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke second from left shakes hands with firefighters while visiting decimated Paramount Ranch Thursday Nov. 15 2018 in Agoura Hills Calif. The landmark film location burned to the ground by the Woolsey Fire. (AP

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Almost 9,000 homes and most of the Paradise was incinerated hours after the blaze erupted, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Authorities say 631 people are still unaccounted for after last week's deadly wildfire in Northern California.

At least 63 people have been confirmed dead following the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills, 280 kilometres north of San Francisco.

TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports from California.

At least three other people have died in southern California in another blaze dubbed the Woolsey Fire, which engulfed parts of Malibu, destroying the homes of several celebrities.

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What was left was a ghostly, smoky expanse of empty lots covered in ash and strewn with twisted wreckage and debris.

Thousands of buildings are still threatened by the blaze and as about 50,000 people remained under evacuation orders. An army of firefighters, many from distant states, laboured to contain and suppress the flames. "The level of chaos we were dealing with was extraordinary", says Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, whose office released the list of names. But scientists largely attribute the disastrous wildfire seasons California has experienced over the past couple of years, to prolonged drought symptomatic of climate change.

It comes as the White House said Donald Trump will visit California on Saturday and meet people caught up in the disaster.

The blaze has scorched 141,000 acres and destroyed 11,862 structures. The fire was 40 per cent contained, but there was no timeline for allowing evacuees to return because of the danger. As of now, 56 are dead and 297 people are missing. Church officials posted lists of names they received in phone calls from people searching for friends and family. One body in Paradise was found in a auto that had been flipped on its side.

Brent Newman, chief of the California Highway Patrol's Valley Division, said officials were "more committed than we've ever been", adding that it had been a tough week, but authorities were set on providing the community "outstanding support" throughout the recovery efforts. "I love you, '" Nicole said.

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