California wildfires: Number of missing leaps to 631

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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, BBC reported.

Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest and most destructive blaze, has killed at least 63 people, with nearly 12,000 buildings destroyed. President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to survey the damage and meet those affected.

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About 9,400 firefighters are currently battling wildfires across the state.

According to the California Fire Department, 40% of the Camp Fire — which broke out eight days ago — has been contained.

“We continue to engage in the fire fight. We continue to keep our eye on the ball,” chief fire department official Ken Pimlott said.

 
 
 
 
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