California wildfires have claimed 66 lives, with another 631 still missing

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Outbreak of the Camp Fire coincided with a series of smaller blazes in Southern California, most notably the Woolsey Fire, which is linked to three fatalities and has destroyed at least 500 structures near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles. Current estimates from Cal Fire suggest that the Woolsey Fire will be fully contained by November 19, while the Camp Fire will not be fully contained until around November 30.

Hundreds of thousands of people were told to leave their homes ahead of the blazes to get out of harm's way.

He said officials were sifting through the list of missing persons for duplications and people who fled. But in many cases, the victims may have been reduced to bits of bones and ash.

Firefighter Jason Hawkins has worked for Station #82 in Paradise, California for ten fire seasons.

"There many ways that can go wrong, in the warning, the modes of getting the message out, the confusion. the traffic jams", said Max Moritz, a wildfire specialist with the University of California Cooperative Extension program.

He said the roster probably includes some who fled the blaze and do not realize they've been reported missing.

That could be a community center, built or retrofitted to better withstand wildfires, which can exceed 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, leaving little trace of ordinary homes.

Smoke from the Camp Fire has spread far and wide.

Creating more buffers - whether parks, golf courses or irrigated agriculture, like the vineyards that helped keep 2017 wildfires in California's wine country from spreading into even more towns - around new and old housing developments would help stave off wildfires threatening to overrun cities and towns.

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said it could be responsible for the fire and had exhausted its revolving line of credit to pay for a fire-related liability.

On Thursday, firefighters reported progress in battling the almost 220-square-mile (570-square-kilometre) blaze that displaced 52,000 people and destroyed more than 9,500 homes.

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A proven method to prevent wildfires from getting out of control is the use of controlled burns.

Earlier Saturday, Trump said he thought there were "a lot of factors" involved when asked about the role of climate change in contributing to the fires.

Former agricultural land that rings many towns in the state became overgrown, even as housing developments pushed deeper into those rural areas.

An anthropologist (R) examines the remains of a dog found in a bathtub in a home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, Nov. 14, 2018. It will fluctuate both up and down every day, said the sheriff. "We can't sit on our hands".

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken to Twitter to blame the recent spate of fires on forest mismanagement, was due to visit the fire zones on Saturday to meet displaced residents. Trump had threatened to withhold federal assistance. That means most people who breathe the air there can experience health problems, regardless of age or fitness level, said Jenny Tan, a spokeswoman for the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District.

"Most of the fires we've been seeing in the last couple years that are the most destructive are not in the forest".

Trump subsequently issued an emergency declaration and a major disaster declaration at the request of the state, and on Wednesday, he said he spoke with California Gov.

Honea said it was too soon to conjecture on the fate of those on the list, noting that as of Friday, 329 individuals previously reported missing had turned up alive. "Now we're trying to go back out and make sure that we're accounting for everyone". "There are more evacuees, more people running out of money for hotels".

No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be nearly inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. The federal government manages 46 per cent of land in California.

For 2019, the Forest Service has proposed a $3 million bump for its wildfire fuels program.