President Donald Trump on Saturday acknowledged Californians suffering from twin tragedies, walking through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small northern town all but destroyed by deadly wildfires and privately consoling people grieving after a mass shooting at a popular college bar outside Los Angeles.
Authorities said they're trying to locate 1,011 people, although some of them may have been listed twice by mistake or already been found.
A top Democrat from California said President Donald Trump "needs to listen to the experts" when it comes to the wildfires ravaging the state, adding that "clearly" the president "isn't one of them". Jerry Brown and Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom welcomed Trump's visit, declaring it's time "to pull together for the people of California". It burned down the forest town of Paradise.
Three people died during the Woolsey fire, including two found in a vehicle and one in the rubble of a charred home.
Trump also was expected to stop in Southern California, where a gunman killed a dozen people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on November 7 before committing suicide. He beat Hillary Clinton by 4 percentage points in Butte County in 2016.
"Right now we want to take care of the people who have been so badly hurt", the president said.
When Trump was asked during an interview set to air on "Fox News Sunday" whether climate change played a role in the number of serious fires, he said "maybe it contributes a little bit".
Trump initially blamed state officials for poor forest management in exacerbating the fires and threatened to cut off federal funding. Trump subsequently approved a federal disaster declaration. "I think if we just open our mind and look at things, we'll get more stuff done". "You're not going to have a parade", Maggie Crowder, of Magalia, said on Thursday.
"It was a really, really bad one", he said, pledging assistance to the state and local people.
Up to 4 inches (10 cm) of rain is expected to fall from late Tuesday through Friday in the Sierra foothills, the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center said.
This fire in Paradise and Northern California was the worst in the history of California.
"As much as I wish we could get through this before the rains come, I don't know if that's possible", he said.
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Northern California's Camp Fire has destroyed almost 10,000 homes and torched 233 square miles (600 square kilometers).
Firefighters were racing against time with a red flag warning issued for Saturday night into Sunday, including winds up to 50 miles per hour and low humidity.
It will also further the complicate the search for remains in burned out areas, such as Paraside, in northern California.
But they are also doing a more comprehensive, "door-to-door" and "car-to-car" search of areas, said Joe Moses, a commander with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, who is helping oversee the search and rescue effort. "This fire has changed us in ways I can never explain".
The Camp Fire has displaced thousands of people and led to the evacuation of some 52,000 at the fire's peak. But Honea acknowledged the list was "dynamic" and could easily contain duplicate names and unreliable spellings of names. "This is a massive undertaking".
He said deputies have located hundreds but the roster has almost 1,300 names, including duplicates and people who are likely OK, but haven't checked in.
Authorities said 47,200 people had been evacuated because of the fire and almost 1,200 were living in shelters.
For one family, good news arrived by telephone.
Newsum recently broke her back and uses a walker to get around, which made it tricky to get up into the cab of his garbage truck. Price had been presumed missing but was tracked down at a shelter.
As of Friday, the only missing mountain lion was one dubbed P-74, a young male born past year. She needed a walker for her elderly mother and tags for her vehicle.
Tim Bolin, the executive pastor of Paradise Alliance Church, said that his house and church were two of the few buildings that survived but all of his children's homes were destroyed.
Trump said he likes Nielsen but suggested there was only a "chance" she'd be continuing in her position. "Lots of tears", he said.