A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.
Honea said he was too busy with the emergency and the recovery of human remains to analyze how the evacuation went. But Honea acknowledged the list was "dynamic" and could easily contain duplicate names and unreliable spellings of names. "Now is a time to pull together for the people of California". He said that since many residents were displaced, it is possible that some of those unaccounted for may have fled to shelters throughout the region and don't know that searching crews are looking for them.
The sheriff spoke after President Donald Trump visited Paradise, the small community that was home to almost 27,000 people in the Sierra foothills, 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, before being all but consumed by the blaze.
Authorities compiled the list by going back to listen to all the dispatch calls they received since the fire started, to make sure they didn't miss anyone.
He said 47 of the 56 fatalities have been tentatively identified so far using "rapid DNA" techniques.
"This is a daunting task". Honea said that number may include some people who are counted twice or others who may not know they were reported missing. "We used that plan, and I think it saved hundreds of lives because we had practiced it".
The Woolsey Fire killed three people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures in the area which happened as the community coped with the trauma of the bar shooting.
Nick Shawkey, a state fire captain from rural Northern California, said Trump's visit was the mark of a good leader.
"It's a disheartening situation", Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference Friday. I've been saying that for a long time.
Dozens of National Guard troops have joined the search effort, Collins said. Almost 10,000 homes have been destroyed.
"If you insult people, then you go visit them, how do you think you're going to be accepted?" Poor cellphone coverage after the fire has also made communications hard.
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Shares of the utility were thrashed this week over concerns its equipment would be found responsible for the igniting the Camp Fire.
"It's not just the area; it's the number of homes, the number of trailers, the multistory buildings".
Asked whether the scenes of devastation had changed his view on climate change, Trump said: "No".
This season, he lost his own home to the Camp Fire. "We just hope that he's still with us". Other people are staying in tents.
Over the last few decades, Paradise grew somewhat haphazardly - a place where you could find affordable housing in a state where that's hard to come by.
"And there is nothing to replace it" for low-income families, he said.
More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 55 percent of the blaze's perimeter.
Remains of at least 71 people have been recovered in and around a Sierra foothills hamlet that was home to almost 27,000 residents before the town, 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, was largely incinerated by the deadly Camp Fire on the night of November 8.
Adding to the misery for evacuees, officials reported a suspected outbreak of norovirus at a shelter in Chico.
The stomach bug causes vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. The Camp Fire has been raging for over a week across northern California, razing over 142,000 acres and laying waste the town of Paradise and its environs.