Californian wildfires: more than 1,000 people missing

News has been breaking in the past week about the deadly forest fires in California. Unfortunately, since  Radar’s last update, this disaster known as ‘Camp Fire’ has claimed more human life, and the number of those missing has risen sharply.

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63 people have now been confirmed dead due to the wildfires, with the total of those missing now over 1,000. Over 12,000 buildings have been completely destroyed and the town of Paradise has been left in a state of ruin.  

Residents have been asked to study the list of those missing, which is expected to fluctuate in coming days, to make sure themselves or someone else they know is safe aren’t listed.  

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said at a news briefing: 

"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,"  

Almost 10,000 fire fighters are battling the blaze, with much of that battle still to be fought.  

Extremely affluent and celebrity populated area Malibu has also been hit by the fires. Celebs such as Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus and Chris Hemsworth have had their homes reduced to rubble.  

It has been announced that President Donald Trump is set to travel to California today to assess the damage and meet those affected. This will be an interesting trip due the fact that, as we previously noted, the President has angered many in the course of this disaster.  

Trump went on a social media tirade, seeming to suggest that the Democratic regime in California were at fault for such fires.  

The president tweeted: 

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” 

However, confusion has now been stated by many, including the New York Times Kirk Johnson when he appeared on the Times’ podcast ‘The Daily’. Trump has appeared to make somewhat of a misstep in blaming the Californian government branch, as the forests in question are supposedly federally controlled.  

Celebrities such as Cyrus and Hemsworth and members of the public have been doing their best to help those affected by Camp Fire.  

Cyrus Tweeted: 

"Please donate anything you can to @malibufoundation in hopes to restore Malibu's magic... 

It’s also understood that the couple have made their own donations to charitable funds that aid the victims of the wildfires.  

A lot of money has already been raised by the public, but if you are wanting to lend a helping hand to Californians who are missing, or those who have lost a home or loved one, or the brave firefighters battling the blaze, then Charity Navigator have put together a list of the best charities to donate money to. 

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