Trump tours California's wildfire damage

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More than 1,000 people are now on a list of those unaccounted for following a deadly Northern California wildfire - but authorities have stressed it does not mean all of them are missing.

US President Donald Trump and Paradise mayor Jody Jones view the damage from the Camp fire in Paradise.

As hundreds of rescue workers sifted through the rubble in the affected areas, the remains of five more people were found on Saturday, including four in the decimated town of Paradise and one in nearby Concow.

The names were being compiled from information received from a special hotline, along with email reports and a review of emergency 911 calls that came in on the first night of the fire, Mr Honea said.

A list of people unaccounted for has nearly 1,300 names on it. Officials hope they find those people at shelters, or that missing people were simply without phone service and will eventually call in, or that they will figure out duplicate names when reconciling the list. Some 380 people had been located and taken off the list since Friday, he said. President Donald Trump witnessed the devastation for himself Saturday, accompanied by Gov.

"This has been a tough day when you look at all of the death from one place to the next", Trump said before flying back to Washington.

"The families: what can you say, except that it's so sad to see?" he said.

"We had homes on fire on each side", he said, adding that there were times when he feared for their lives. "We've got to take care of the floors, you know the floors of the forest, it's very important".

We've put together a recap of notable statements on different subjects President Trump touched on during his visit.

REUTERS/Stephen Lam Brad Bowen hands out respirators outside Neighbourhood Church of Chico which serves as an emergency shelter for those displaced by the Camp Fire in Chico, California, U.S. November 11, 2018. Eighty-seven people perished in the Big Burn firestorm that swept the Northern Rockies in August 1910.

The increasing death toll in the Camp Fire in Butte County, north of Sacramento, brought the total number of deaths in two wildfires in the state to at least 74.

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But they both said they agreed that poor management of the forests was part of the problem and that the federal government would step up to help the state.

"No, no, I have a strong opinion", he said. "We're going to have that and we're going to have forests that are very safe because we can't go through this every year".

More than a week later, firefighters have managed to carve containment lines around 55 per cent of the blaze's perimeter.

Thousands of people displaced by California's most destructive wildfire, including hundreds living in tents and cars, face heavy rains next week that could trigger risky floods and mudslides, while helping douse the flames.

"This is very sad", Trump said after surveying the remains of Paradise, where almost the only people out on the road were emergency services workers, surrounded by the twisted remains of the incinerated town.

"We are still receiving calls".

So Quint's family has embarked on the grim task of providing DNA samples in case authorities find Marbury's remains.

Mr Honea bristled when asked whether many of those listed at this point, more than a week after the disaster, were expected to end up either deceased or declared missing and presumed dead.

"I think everybody's seen the light and I don't think we'll have this again to this extent", Trump said in Paradise, the town largely destroyed by a wildfire ignited November 8 that he called "this monster".

The sheriff on Saturday emphasized that authorities were largely relying on the public's cooperation to determine who on the list of missing persons is alive.

"What we just saw, we just left Pleasure", Trump said again, before several others standing alongside him corrected him, loudly saying "Paradise". While the rain would help douse the flames, it could also cause floods and mudslides.