California wildfires: 65 confirmed dead and more than SIX HUNDRED people missing

Smoke from the Woolsey fire shrouds parts of Malibu Calif. A firefighter from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue has been injured at the Woolsey fire

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The number of people missing in northern California's devastating wildfire has leapt to more than 600, and seven more bodies have been found, according to local authorities.

The updated list of people missing published Thursday by the Butte County sheriff included about 300 names, of whom many are aged over 70 and three aged 119.

At least 63 people have been confirmed dead so far in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 280km north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single United States wildfires since the turn of the last century.

The wildfire this time all but razed the town of Paradise, population 27,000, and heavily damaged the outlying communities of Magalia and Concow on November 8, destroying 9,700 houses and 144 apartment buildings, authorities said.

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President Donald Trump, meanwhile, will travel to the disaster zone Saturday to get a look at the grief and damage from the deadliest USA wildfire in a century and could encounter locals resentful over his suggestion California is to blame for its misfortune.

Thousands of additional structures are still threatened as firefighters, many from distant states, laboured to contain and suppress the flames.

Since the wildfires began, more than 70 people have died and more than 1,000 people remain missing.

Some who may have evacuated can't be reached because cell phone service is unreliable, while others haven't reached out to relatives, and they may not know someone is looking for them, Honea said.

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Authorities developed an evacuation plan that split the town of 27,000 into zones and called for a staggered exodus. Firefighters are also fighting two large wildfires in Southern California, where another three people have died.

A state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles, Ventura and Butte counties due to multiple fires and late last week, California secured direct federal assistance to further support the impacted communities - within 24 hours of making the request. The Woolsey fire was 57 per cent contained. Meanwhile, 63 people are confirmed dead and some 52,000 are displaced in shelters, motels and the homes of friends and relatives.

The precise causes of the Camp and Woolsey Fires were under investigation, but electric utilities have reported equipment problems in the vicinity of both blazes around the time they erupted. Evacuees are asked to check the boards to see if their names appear. "You're not going to have a parade", Maggie Crowder of Magalia said Thursday outside an informal shelter at a Walmart parking lot in Chico.

Nicole and Eric Montague, along with their 16-year-old daughter, showed up for free food but have been living with extended family in the neighboring city of Chico, in a one-bedroom apartment filled with 15 people and nine dogs. "It just happened so quick".

Officials have said it's hard to determine the number of missing. Facing walls of flames and traffic gridlock, her evacuation with her daughter was so harrowing that she called her husband to say farewell.

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"You have survivor's guilt", he says. "I called and left a message to take our names off".

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