BUTTE COUNTY, CA — Hours after President Donald Trump visited the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, first responders released more grim news: The death toll had climb yet again to 77 in the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive blaze in California history.
The news comes as more than 5,600 personnel work to contain the 150,000-acre blaze. By Sunday evening, containment stood at 65 percent after destroying more than 12,000 structures.
Calling the blaze “a really bad one,” Trump toured Paradise on Saturday alongside Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.
“We’re going to have to work quickly,” Trump said. “Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one.”
Trump promised his administration would do all it could to help California recover and told Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to help secure needed funding.
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Later in the day, the president surveyed the damaged from the Woolsey Fire in Malibu before meeting with families of the victims of the Thousand Oaks massacre.
*Updated as of Friday, Nov. 16:
Evacuation orders have been established for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon and Butte Valley:
Evacuation shelters that remain open:
Evacuation shelters that were full/no longer accepting additional evacuees:
Evacuated residents should take their animals with them. Bring food, water, bedding and any containment devices necessary. If evacuees are unable to take large animals, they should be left in open pastures with food, county officials said. Animals should not be locked up in a barn.
Residents can contact North Valley Animal Disaster Group at 530-895-0000 to report lost pets.
Small animals can be taken to:
Large animals can be taken to:
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All Butte County public schools have been closed through Friday, Nov. 23.
Classes at Chico State have been canceled until Monday, Nov. 26.
Roads have been closed at the following locations:
How To Help
The Butte County Office of Education has established the Schools Fire Relief Fund to help schools impacted by the Camp Fire.
The North Valley Community Foundation has established the Northern California Fire Relief Fund to help community organizations serving those affected by the fire.
People can also click here to donate to the United Way of Northern California Camp Fire Fund by texting “Butte Fire” to 91999.
Brand new clothing can be dropped off at 2850 Feather River Blvd. in Oroville.
People can pick-up supplies at the Oroville Municipal Auditorium at 1200 Myers St. in Oroville. Clothing, pet goods and small appliances are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
United Way of Northern California is accepting applications for emergency cash assistance from those who lost their homes in the Camp Fire. These will be one-time grants designed to help with urgent basic necessities such as food, gas and clothing. Amounts given will depend on need and available resources. UWNC cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive funding.
An emergency volunteer center was opened at Caring Choices at 1398 Ridgewood Drive in Chico. People interested in volunteering can call 530-899-3873 or download a volunteer application at www.caring-choices.org.
The Salvation Army opened a distribution center at 1100 Marauder St. in Chico. The warehouse will serve as a site to collect in-kind donations and to distribute items to people impacted by the fire.
The Salvation Army is not accepting used goods. The following new in-kind items will be accepted:
Monetary gifts, gas cards and local vendor gift cards can also be dropped off at the distribution center.
The center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For large donations, call 530-776-1009 for an assigned drop-off time.
–Patch editor Kristina Houck and Associated Press contributed to this report
A search and rescue dog searches for human remains at the Camp Fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)