The number of people reported missing in California's deadly wildfires has jumped to 631, as 65 victims are confirmed dead.
The Northern California fire that began a week earlier obliterated the town of Paradise and caused such carnage that searchers continued to pull bodies out of incinerated homes and cremated cars. Some 52,000 people have been displaced.
Denise Chester, an evacuee of the Camp Fire, hugs her son Antonio Batres as she volunteers sorting clothes at a makeshift shelter in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.
President Donald Trump is set to visit the western state on Saturday to meet with victims of the wildfires, believed to be the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history. "Each trip I say 'this is the worst fire I have seen, ' and now we're here today, and I'll say 'this is the worst fire that I have seen'".
The Camp Fire comes at the same time southern California is being pummeled by several fires including the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, which has consumed 98,362 acres of land.
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Thousands of additional structures were still threatened by the blaze, and as many as 50,000 people remained under evacuation orders.
"It's cold and scary", said Lilly Batres, 13, one of the few children there, who fled with her family from the forested town of Magalia and didn't know whether her home survived.
"For over 35 years, I have witnessed many fires in my community and experienced the devastation of those fires up close and personal - but none as catastrophic as the events that have taken place in our community these past five days", he said.
The death toll also rose to 63 after the remains of seven more people were found.
Numerous victims and the hundreds missing in the Camp Fire were elderly people who lived in the Butte County town of Paradise, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. At least 130 people are still missing.
Authorities said it was unclear when residents would be allowed back into the town.