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631 reported missing, 63 dead in California wildfire

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Experts look ways to curb deaths as fires get more severe

At least 63 people so far have been confirmed as dead in the Camp Fire, which broke out a week ago in the drought-ridden Sierra foothills 175 miles (280km) north of San Francisco.

Almost all of Paradise, including nearly 9,000 homes and other buildings, were incinerated on Thursday after the blaze erupted, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). At an evening news briefing he said the remains of seven more victims had been located since Wednesday.

Volunteers say they want people to go to shelters, so clothing, food and toilets will be removed by Sunday.

A police officer stretches crime scene tape around an area where human remains were found in a auto that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 15, 2018 in Paradise, California.

Sheriff Kory Honea asked relatives of the missing to provide DNA to compare against samples taken from recovered remains to help identify the dead.

Almost 9000 homes and other buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated last Thursday night, hours after the blaze erupted, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The White House announced Thursday that it is still arranging details of his trip to California, but that visit people who have been impacted by the fires.

A number of smaller blazes in southern California also brought panic to thousands.

The US president initially blamed the blazes on state officials and threatened to withhold federal payments.

Almost 9,000 homes and other buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated last Thursday night, hours after the blaze erupted, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Trump's comments, which came shortly after he Trump issued an emergency declaration to allow United States government funds to be used to tackle three blazes, prompted an angry response from firefighters.

Mr Trump tweeted last weekend: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor".

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