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Casualties Jumped to 76, Over 1,000 People Missing in N California Blaze

Trump inspects affected area as 1,300 still unaccounted for more than a week after deadly Camp Fire lashed western state

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– The death toll from wildfires which ravaged Northern California has jumped to 76 and left thousands homeless, say media reports.

As hundreds of rescue workers sifted through the rubble in the affected areas, the remains of five more people were found on Saturday, including four in the decimated town of Paradise and one in nearby Concow.

As many 10,000 homes destroyed and 233 square miles (603 square kilometers) torched in result of Northern California’s Camp Fire. It is 55 percent contained.

US President Donald Trump toured the area, as nearly 1,300 people still remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire sparked in Butte County, Sheriff Kory Honea announced on Saturday night.

Trump also visited Southern California, where firefighters were making progress on a wildfire that tore through communities west of Los Angeles from Thousand Oaks to Malibu, killing three people.

“We’ve never seen anything like this in California, we’ve never seen anything like this yet. It’s like total devastation,” Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise, which has a population of about 26,000.

He met with state officials who have been critical of him and pledged federal assistance for Californians.

In Paradise, at a makeshift camp the affected families took stock of their losses.

Amy Bravo-Robertson and her family were among the 50,000 who were forced to flee their homes as the wildfires closed in around them. Her trailer home and place of employment were destroyed.

“A million things are going through my head. We are just trying to figure out where we are going and what we are doing,” she told a news channel.

“The efforts are still very active,” said Daniel Ramey, a Cal Fire officer. “We also have units like search and rescue and the National Guard is assisting us with the recovery.”

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES