Local authorities reported that the fire “Camp Fire” has destroyed almost 10 thousand homes, has burned 603 square kilometers and is 55% contained.
The death toll from wildfires in northern California has risen to 76 and at least 1,300 people are missing due to the deadliest fire in the state in a century, authorities said.
Hundreds of rescue workers who continue to scrutinize the rubble in the affected areas, found the remains of five more people on Saturday, including four in the devastated city of Paradise and one in nearby Concow.
The “Camp Fire”, as it has been called the conflagration of northern California, has destroyed almost 10 thousand homes and has burned 603 square kilometers is contained by 55%, said the authorities.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, toured the area on Saturday where dozens of people have died and said that “we are going to have to work quickly … Hopefully it will be the last because it was really very, very serious”.
Trump insisted that improving forest management will diminish future risks and maintained his position of skepticism about climate change and that global warming has increased the frequency and intensity of natural disasters.
The president also visited southern California, where firefighters were advancing in a forest fire that devastated communities west of Los Angeles, from Thousand Oaks to Malibu.
Trump said the management and maintenance of the forest lands will be the focus of progress and promised a $ 500 million budget for that effort in the Agricultural Law.
“We’re going to have that and we’re going to have forests that are very safe because we can not go through this every year,” he said.
The Butte County Sheriff (where the fires started), Kory Honea, expressed hope that Trump’s visit will help the recovery.
Trump was accompanied on his visit by Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, both Democrats and with serious differences in issues of migration and climate change with the president, but who made a truce for the good of the community.