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Number of missing in California fire leaps to 631

| Updated: November 17, 2018 18:38:28

NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite caught an image of the deadly California camp fire on Nov 8 NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite caught an image of the deadly California camp fire on Nov 8

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 missing persons' list has doubled since earlier on Thursday.

The Camp Fire, the state's deadliest and most destructive blaze, has killed at least 63 people. Nearly 12,000 buildings have been destroyed.

Three more people have also died in the Woolsey Fire, further south.

President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to survey the damage and meet those affected.

About 9,400 fire-fighters are currently battling wildfires across the state.

The Camp Fire - which broke out eight days ago - swept through a swathe of the north at high speed, leaving residents little time to escape.

Why such a big jump in the missing?

The official list more than doubled from 300 to 631 on Thursday.

At a news briefing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said this was because investigators had thoroughly cross-checked their information, including emergency calls made since the Camp Fire started on 8 November.

"I want you to understand that the chaos we were dealing with was extraordinary," Honea said.

He stressed that the number of the missing would most likely fluctuate, reports BBC.

"If you look at that list and see your name, or the name of a friend or loved one, please call to let us know," Honea appealed to the public.


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