In Wake Of Camp Fire, 631 People Are Missing In Butte County

An ariel view of Paradise off of Clark Road

Modal Trigger An ariel view of Paradise off of Clark Road. LA Times via Getty Images

More than 1,000 people are still reported missing.

"My husband and I are not missing and never were!" Conry wrote Thursday night on Facebook.

Family members remembered her personality, her wonderful heart and great smile, he said. "I called and left a message to take our names off".

A firefighter from Washington, who was in California to help battle the state's Woolsey fire, died Thursday after he was struck by a vehicle. But they slowly whittled down the number.

It was her second day searching for victims of the ferocious wildfire that destroyed this city of about 26,000 residents last week, an effort that authorities say has become the largest search operation in California history.

With almost 12,000 homes and buildings burned, refugees from the fire have taken up residence in tents or their vehicles and filled evacuation centers to overflowing. Crews managed stop it from spreading toward Oroville, population 19,000. He beat Hillary Clinton by 4 percentage points in Butte County in 2016.

But Trump has stirred resentment among survivors over comments he made two days after the disaster on Twitter, then reiterated on the eve of his visit. Trump had threatened to withhold federal assistance.

There are several portable toilets on site, although people have to go elsewhere to shower.

Many others found haven at an encampment that sprang up in the parking lot outside a still-open Walmart store in Paradise, where dozens of evacuees pitched tents or slept in their cars. "I want to see healthy forests and I want to go and have a steak dinner when the governor retires", he said. But his planned visit is receiving mixed reviews.

Asked whether the scenes of devastation had changed his view on climate change, Trump said: "No".

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"We will be talking about forest management".

By Thursday evening, the fire was 40 percent contained, the department said.\ The Camp fire was first reported last Thursday morning and soon torched Paradise, a peaceful foothill town, and has destroyed nearly 10,000 structures. But they issued a joint statement Friday welcoming him to California and thanked him for the federal government's support.

President Donald Trump briefly spoke to reporters in Paradise, California this afternoon as he and state officials surveyed the wildfire damage.

"(Governor) Jerry (Brown) and I have been speaking, and (Governor-elect) Gavin (Newsom) and I have now gotten to know each other. Both Brown and Newsom joined Trump on Marine One to travel to the hardest hit areas.

"It's already a zoo here and I don't care who the president is".

He said they engage in "raking and cleaning things and they don't have any problem".

Wendy Bailey, a widow and retired stay-at-home mother, hunched over a charred bathtub, surrounded by ash, looking for any trace of human remains.

Around 52,000 people have been driven out and have gone to shelters, motels and the homes of friends and relatives. The number changes daily with more calls coming in.

Trump later approved an emergency declaration for the state and praised firefighters and first responders for their "incredible courage". His wife is almost bedridden from lupus and fibromyalgia.

Nick Shawkey, a state fire captain from rural Northern California, said Trump's visit was the mark of a good leader.

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