The historic wildfires ravaging northern and southern California claimed their 66th official victim Friday, with state officials confirming at least 600 people remain missing as first responders struggle to reach survivors.
“The number of people missing in California’s wildfires has soared to over 600, and the death toll has risen to 66. In the Camp Fire in Northern California, 631 people were unaccounted for after officials on Thursday added more than 500 names of people reported missing,” writes CBS News.
Thousands of people are homeless and living in “tent cities” across the state waiting to return to towns and communities under mandatory evacuation orders; prompting FEMA to set up relief centers throughout the region.
“I lost everything that I received from my mom, from my grandparents from the baby grand piano to china,” said one resident. “I lost my wedding album. I lost my children’s baby albums.”
“I’m trying to stay strong as possible for my family and my friends. And I’m trying to look at everything as positive as I can in these types of situations,” added another.
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CALIFORNIA CATASTROPHE: Death Toll Hits 42, Hundreds Missing as Wildfires Rage
California’s raging wildfires passed a grim milestone Tuesday with 42 people confirmed dead and hundreds remaining missing as first responders continued their struggle to contain the escalating crisis.
“As the fires continued to rage at both ends of the Golden State the death toll around the incinerated northern town of Paradise rose to 42 on Monday night, making it the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history. Two more dead have perished near Malibu in the south of the state,” writes Yahoo News.
The fires are now the deadliest in California history.
Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LAFD. If you can, support these brave men and women at https://t.co/ei7c7F7cZx. pic.twitter.com/AcBcLtKmDU
— Gerard Butler (@GerardButler) November 11, 2018
Thousands of firefighters continue to battle the blaze Tuesday morning with at least 200 people unaccounted for across the state.
“I’m breathing in the hottest air I’ve ever been in. My throat is bloodied, I’m about to hit the ground but the bottom of my shoes were melting,” said a local nurse. “I put my hand out in front of me and prayed to God, ‘Please, don’t let me die like this.’”
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MAXINE ERUPTS: Rep. Waters Tells President Trump to ‘Keep his Mouth Shut’
Firebrand Congresswoman and anti-Trump crusader Maxine Waters trashed the Commander-in-Chief over the weekend; demanding the President “keep his mouth shut” on issues “that he has no knowledge of.”
Waters was speaking with MSNBC’s Joy Reid when she was asked to comment on the President’s response to the deadly wildfires ravaging her home state of California.
“The President of the United States attempts to talk about things that he has no knowledge of. He doesn’t even understand what goes into fighting a fire, and for him to come out talking about poor management is just another indication that the president is not willing to learn anything,” ranted Waters.
“He does not really care about others, and he’s on the attack all of the time. We wish he would keep his mouth shut. California does not need him to be talking about things that he does not know,” she added.