600 people are missing in wildfire that ruined Paradise

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The number of people declared missing in one of California's catastrophic wildfires has more than doubled to 631, as the struggle continues to contain one of the biggest blazes the U.S. state has ever known. One body in Paradise was found in a vehicle that had been flipped on its side.

The new figure of 630 missing people is more than double the earlier figure of 297 listed during the day by Butte County Sheriff's Office. Some 52,000 people have been displaced.

The inferno is one of the most lethal single wildfires in the United States since 1900.

The fire is now 40 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) reported.

Trump is supposed to pay a visit to those who've been affected by the flames, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said.

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She had to turn her vehicle around and head in another direction to escape, but that all the while, it "scared me to death". As more towns are evacuated in the fire's wake, it has left Paradise, California completely devastated.

"We didn't have any time to react", he said.

Firefighters are also fighting two large wildfires in Southern California, where another three people have died. The fire is now 140,000 acres and 40-percent contained.

Information for contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance was posted on a board that allowed people to write the names of those they believed were missing.

A Newfoundland woman who launched a desperate bid to find family members missing thousands of kilometres away in a fire-ravaged California town says the search has come to a hard end. "There are more evacuees, more people running out of money for hotels".

"It's cold and scary", said Lilly Batres, 13, one of the few children there, who fled with her family from the forested town of Magalia and did not know whether her home survived.

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Numerous victims and the hundreds missing in the Camp Fire were elderly people who lived in the Butte County town of Paradise, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Authorities developed an evacuation plan that split the town of 27,000 into zones and called for a staggered exodus.

The announcements came as authorities continued to search the devastated town of Paradise for human remains.

The blaze destroyed almost 8,800 homes in the former gold mining settlement. Three deaths have been blamed on the blaze.

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