Nearly 1,000 People Missing 11 Days After Two Massive Fires Sparked In California

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter

Nearly 1,000 people are missing in California after wildfires tore through parts of the state leveling thousands of homes and killing at least 80, ABC News reported.

“We’ve never seen anything like this in California,” President Donald Trump said Saturday as he visited California, according to ABC News.

The Camp and Woolsey Fires ignited on Nov. 8 and, propelled by strong winds, consumed tens of thousands of acres each in the days following. The Camp Fire caused heavy damage to the communities of Concow, Magalia and Paradise, each of which was notified of the danger just hours beforehand. The Woolsey Fire at its peak caused a quarter of a million evacuations in Southern California.

“Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one,” Trump said Saturday while surveying damage in Paradise. “Right now, we want to take care of the people who have been so badly hurt.” (RELATED: Trump Promises ‘Safe Forests’ As He Surveys California Wildfire Damage)

The Camp Fire is the deadliest wildfire in California history. The fire has killed at least 77 and may climb higher in the coming days. Hundreds of emergency officials are still digging through wreckage of the fire with cadaver dogs looking for human remains. The majority of missing people are from Butte County, where Concow, Magalia and Paradise are located.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) surveys homes destroyed by the Woolsey fire with first responders in Malibu, California, U.S., November 17, 2018. Picture taken on November 17, 2018. Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) surveys homes destroyed by the Woolsey Fire with first responders in Malibu, California, U.S., Nov. 17, 2018. Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/Pool via REUTERS

The Camp Fire is also the most destructive fire to ever burn through California, destroying more than 10,000 houses and 3,000 commercial and other structures. It has burned about 150,000 acres, or about 234 square miles. Firefighters had the Camp Fire 65 percent contained Sunday, according to Cal Fire, the state’s fire agency.

At least three people have died in the Woolsey Fire. The fire has destroyed nearly 2,000 structures and consumed nearly 100,000 acres. It was 91 percent contained Sunday, according to Cal Fire.

Smoke from the fires has spread for miles of large swaths of California, harming air quality in a large part of the state, SFGate reported.

San Francisco’s air measured 143 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index Saturday evening, which is dangerous to sensitive people such as children or the elderly.

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