The latest: firefighters have conflicting views on Trump's visit


CHICO, California – The Latest on California wildfire (all local times):

2:10 pm

Firefighters in Northern California have mixed opinions about President Donald Trump's comments that they have accused violent fires in poor forest management, but they say their main focus is to fight fires.

While firefighters returned to a command center in the northern California city of Chico on Friday after 24-hour shifts, some learned for the first time that Trump was scheduled to visit Saturday.

Firefighter Joshua Watson said he saw the upcoming visit as a sign of support for firefighters, "no matter what you think of him."

Gary Jacobs, a fireman sent from San Mateo County, said everyone has their own opinions and remains out of politics.

Trump initially responded to fires by blaming "gross mismanagement" of forests in a Saturday tweet. He then reiterated the criticism in an interview with Fox News, saying, "The big problem we have is management." The extracts from that interview were released on Friday.

Michael Baldwin, a captain from the Mendelian County CalFire, said Trump's comments blaming poor forest management for the fire were "misinformed" and arrived at the wrong time.



National Park Service officials have announced plans to rebuild the burnt buildings and movie sets at Paramount Ranch in Southern California and reopen within two years.

David Szymanski, the superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Mountains, announced the plan as he led journalists through the charred foundations that once constituted the ranch's "Western Town", most burned shortly after the explosion of a fire on November 8th.

A church built for the HBO "Westworld" and a railway depot built for the CBS series of the "90s" Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman "are still all that is found in the blackened hills of the ranch that started as a set for Paramount Pictures in the 1920s and which was taken over by the National Park Service in 1980.

The facilities that were used by barns, hotels, lounges and barbers for decades of film and television programs are over.


2:00 am

Dozens of people are still hospitalized a week after the explosion of a deadly fire in northern California.

The UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento said on Friday that 11 people were injured in a wildfire that largely destroyed the city's paradise and killed dozens.

Spokesperson Pamela Wu said nine were hospitalized. One person is in critical condition, one is in serious condition and another eight are in good condition.

The chief surgeon of the hospital told KRON-TV that most patients burned more than 20-50 percent of their bodies.

Enico's Medical Center in Chico has treated 49 patients who have been evacuated from a hospital in Paradiso. The hospital spokesperson, Andrea Gleason, says that many others were admitted for fire injuries, but the staff did not keep track of the exact number of patients.

California officials say three firefighters were injured.


2:00 am

Thousands of students in a northern California school district ravaged by the most deadly fire in a century will be out of school until December 3rd.

Butte County Superintendent Tim Taylor announced the return date on Friday. He says officials are still looking for where to place students whose schools have been destroyed or damaged by the fire that killed at least 63 people.

Taylor says the district needs 100 portable classrooms to accommodate 3,200 students in the school district of Paradise and others in surrounding communities.

He says the county has enough clothes and food and now needs cash donations.

Butte County officials canceled lessons for 32,000 students when they broke out last week.



President Donald Trump has again blamed the California fires of poor forest management, reiterating criticism on the eve of a visit to the most devastated area of ​​the state.

Fox News asked Trump if he thought climate change had contributed to California fires. Trump said: "Maybe it contributes a bit. The big problem we have is management."

In an interview scheduled for Sunday, Trump added, "You need a management," and then said, "I'm not saying this in a negative, positive way – I'm just saying the facts."

He echoes Trump's tweet a week ago, in which he threatened to withhold federal payments in California and said his forest management is "so poor".

Trump is scheduled to visit the devastated city of northern California on Saturday. A fire killed at least 63 people in the most violent fire in the country in a century.



The San Francisco International Airport states that around 200 flights have been delayed due to poor visibility and smoke from fires in northern California.

Airport spokesperson Doug Yakel said that around 15%, or 195 flights, had an average delay of 45 minutes from Friday midday.

On Thursday, around 500 were late, accounting for about 40% of the airport's flights. The airport has an average of around 1,250 flights a day.

Yakel claimed that smoking was the main factor in conditions of poor visibility, with visibility at around 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) on Friday compared to 10 miles (16 kilometers) on a normal day.

The airport urges travelers to check the status of their flights with their airlines or on the airport's website.

Schools in the San Francisco Bay area were closed on Friday as winds carried smoke from fires in northern California that covered cities and cities hundreds of miles away.



The authorities say it is difficult to understand the number of missing people in the aftermath of the northern California forest fire that is the most deadly in the country in at least a century.

The number has fluctuated from day to day, with the last report that stands out over more than 600 missing. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea acknowledged that the list is "dynamic" and includes reports of the frantic first hours of the disaster.

Some who are on the ever-changing list have been confirmed as dead by family and friends on social media. Others have been located securely, but the authorities have not yet marked them as found.

During the forest fires in northern California last year, Sonoma County authorities listed over 2,000 people as missing. But they slowly reduced the number.

In the end, 44 people died in a series of fires in different counties.



Hundreds of people displaced by the Northern California forest fire have lined up outside a shopping mall in the city of Chico, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up an all-weather assistance center. 39, inside what was a Sears department store.

The assistance to the residents of the area destroyed by the fire was also the California Emergency Services Office and its Department of Motor Vehicles.

Carol Manzo lost his mobile home in the city of Paradise and lined up with his daughter-in-law and three nephews.

He says he hopes to ask FEMA workers for accommodation for his family.

They stayed in a hotel until Wednesday and can stay with a family friend in the city of Chico through Thanksgiving, but then have nowhere to go.



The shares of the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. surged dramatically after California's leading regulatory agency said its agency would help the company manage the potentially disabling liability costs resulting from forest fires.

Stock prices rose 36% at noon, Friday, after losing 60% and lost $ 15 billion in valuation following the outbreak of a northern California fire that is the most lethal in the nation in a century.

No cause was determined, but speculation focused on PG & E, which reported an interruption around the time and the ignition of the fire.

On Thursday, California Public Utilities Committee chairman Michael Picker sought to calm financial markets by indicating support for the continued profitability of PG & E and other publicly traded public services.

In an interview at the San Francisco Chronicle, Picker said his agency will soon implement a provision in a new state law that allows public services to transfer the costs of past fires to their customers. He said that additional legislation might be needed to ensure that the provision applies to the fires of this year.



The authorities have so far counted 616 structures destroyed and 183 damaged by the deadly fire in southern California.

The latest issues published Friday morning reflect the damage assessments in 57 percent of the burned area.

Fire containment also increased to 69 percent of the area of ​​fire comprising 153 square miles (396 square kilometers) of suburbs and desert west of Los Angeles.

Firefighters could be helped by land-based flows of humid air from the Pacific, with some gusts of up to 32 km / h (32 km / h) in the afternoon and increased levels of humidity.

Firefighters are monitoring the uncultivated islands of vegetation and crews are working to restore utilities.

The restocking of evacuated areas continues but the authorities claim that some areas remain off-limits due to risks ranging from burned poles to compromised gas lines and to destroyed roads.



Officials say they have contained nearly half of a deadly fire in Northern California that razed a city and killed at least 63 people.

The Forestry and Fire Department of California said Friday that the violent fire that destroyed the city of Paradise is now contained at 45%, compared with 40% on Thursday morning.

The department says the fire has charred 222 square miles (575 square kilometers), destroyed 144 condominiums and 9,700 homes.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters on Thursday evening that 630 people are on a missing list.

He said that many might be safe, but that he is making the list public so that people can let officials know that they are safe.

More than 450 people are combing through debris in search of human remains.



Meteorologists predict the rain at the start of the next week for the northern California area, where a deadly fire that has decimated a city continues to burn a week after the start.

Rainy weather could help firefighters extinguish the massive fire ahead of schedule.

But officials say the rain could also complicate the efforts of dozens of teams sifting ash and debris in search of human remains.

The National Weather Service said Friday that the northeastern corner of California, where the city of Paradise is located, will start to rain from Tuesday evening.

Butte County Sheriff, Kory Honea, said he brought dozens of search teams to search for the remains "as quickly as possible".

At least 63 people were killed after the fire overwhelmed paradise and other communities on November 8

On Thursday Honea's office published a missing list with 631 names that probably includes names of people who have fled the fire and do not know they are wanted.


12:00 pm

Fire officials in Northern California say the list of 631 people dispersed in the most violent fire in the nation in a century probably includes people who have fled the fire and do not know they are wanted.

Butte County Sheriff, Kory Honea, says he is making the list public so that people can let the authorities know they are safe. Meanwhile, 63 people have been confirmed dead and about 52,000 are displaced in shelters, motels and homes of friends and relatives.

Others are in a Walmart parking lot and in a field adjacent to Chico, a dozen miles from the ashes.

In the vast parking lot of the shelter, the evacuees from the deadliest fire in California wonder if they still have houses, if their neighbors are still alive – and where they will go when their shelter goes out in a matter of days.

The Northern California fire, started a week earlier, has canceled the city of Paradise. Researchers ripped bodies from incinerated houses and cremated machines. But in many cases, victims could have been reduced to bits of bone and ashes.

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