The toll of the devastating fire in northern California has further increased. The “Camp Fire“ has killed at least 71 people, the Butte County Sheriff said at a press conference on Friday, November 16, after the discovery of the body remains of eight new victims.
The number of missing persons has risen from 631 on Thursday to 1,011. But that number is still expected to fluctuate. The research is continuing. And some people did not report to the authorities that they had fled the scene.
Donald Trump to meet the victims
The gigantic fire, which was declared Thursday, November 8, has already decimated nearly 10,000 homes and burned more than 55,000 hectares. In particular, the flames burned down the town of Paradise, located in Butte County, 280 km north of San Francisco, with a population of 27,000.
A week after starting, the fire is still far from being under control. Buoyed by the winds, it was contained only 45% Friday morning, according to the fire department.
Several thousand buildings remain under fire and approximately 47,000 people are still affected by evacuation orders. US President Donald Trump is expected Saturday in the field, to meet the victims.