California congressman says Trump 'needs to listen to the experts' on fires

California wildfire rescue crews increase efforts ahead of rain; at least 77 dead

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said on Thursday the remains of another seven victims had been located since Wednesday's tally of 56. "This is unprecedented. No one has had to deal with this magnitude that caused so much destruction and regrettably so much death".

The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of ferocious wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California for more than a week spiked to almost 1,300 late Saturday, ABC news reported.

The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history, the so-called Camp Fire, has now claimed 76 lives after authorities on Saturday confirmed five more victims.

On Saturday, the president incorrectly suggested forest management in the state was largely controlled by the state's government, when it's the federal government that owns more than 60 percent of the land in the state.

Trump's visits to areas of Northern and Southern California in the aftermath of unprecedented wildfires that have killed more than 70 people gave him what he sought in flying coast to coast and back in a single day - a grasp of the desolation in the heart of California's killer wildfires.

More than 230,000 acres have burned in California in the past week - an area larger than Chicago and Boston combined.

The Camp Fire is now about 50 percent contained but fire officials say they may not have it fully under control until the end of the month.

Ahead of the visit, Brown and Newsom appeared in favor of the president's visit, saying that it was time "to pull together for the people of California", the Associated Press reports.

Mr Trump was flanked by California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom.

Even as the list of those missing in the Camp Fire has ballooned, it's hard to tell exactly how many people truly are lost, officials have said.

"Well Paradise, what we saw at Paradise is just not acceptable", he said.

Rain is forecast for the area this week, potentially helping douse the flames but raising the risk of floods and mudslides, adding to the misery of 46,000 people under evacuation orders.

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Asked about the president's tweetstorm, LaMalfa told United States media that the fallout stemmed from the timing of the tweets and not the "substance of the argument".

"It seems that many more people are missing than anyone thought even possible", Trump told reporters in Washington, saying he looked forward to meeting fire responders and firefighters who have been "incredibly courageous".

Her rescue came in the form of a big green garbage truck and driver Dane Ray Cummings. "I know everybody's looking at that". "I went and gave her a hug because I've been looking for her body". Friends let them stay for a week, but now the family needs to find other accommodation, she said at an evacuee relief station in the Chico Walmart parking lot. Numerous searchers are local and have lost their own homes.

In an interview taped Friday and scheduled for broadcast on "Fox News Sunday", Trump said he was surprised to see images of firefighters removing dried brush near a fire, adding, "This should have been all raked out".

Among the blackened trunks of evergreens here in Paradise, signs of the fire's devastation were everywhere: tangled power lines on the ground; the charred rubble of washing machines and contorted metal of bed frames; a parking lot full of the skeletons of burned cars.

The children can stay with relatives, but she and her husband have nowhere to go, Vaughan said.

More than 300 people recorded as missing have already been found.

"This is very sad", Trump said after surveying the remains of Paradise, where almost the only people out on the road were emergency services workers, surrounded by the twisted remains of the incinerated town.

Roughly an hour before the president's arrival, Cal Fire released its latest update on the Camp Fire's damage and destruction.

Smoke from the wildfire has prompted several universities to cancel or postpone sporting events.

In the midst of despair, hope remains.

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