Victims mourned as toll hits 77 in California wildfire

Authorities on Sunday sifted through the charred wreckage of California's deadliest ever wildfire, searching for any signs of the 993 people now listed as missing after the Camp Fire tore through the mountain town of Paradise.

Niinisto said their conversation focused on the California wildfires and the surveillance system Finland uses to monitor forests for fires.

Even so, Trump's leaf-raking comments were fodder for the internet, and Finnish people couldn't resist the joke opportunity. So what is causing the California forest fires then?

Authorities don't believe all those on the list are missing and the number dropped by 300 on Sunday as more people were located or got in touch to say they weren't missing.

While experts agree that tree clearing and other forest management work is necessary, the Trump administration has proposed slashing tens of millions of dollars from the Department of Interior and US Forest Service budgets.

The National Weather Service said low humidity and gusty winds would continue across portions of California through Monday but the pattern could change.

"I'm concerned", Phyllis said.

"This is very sad", Trump said after surveying the remains of Paradise.

While hundreds of people have volunteered to assist in the efforts to search for victims of the fire, weather patterns will soon make that task more hard.

The Camp Fire broke out in northern California on November 8 and quickly all but obliterated Paradise, a mountain town of almost 27,000 people around 90 miles (150 km) north of the state's capital, Sacramento.

The other major fire front, the Woolsey fire in southern California, has burned through 39,233 hectares, destroyed 1500 structures and damaged 337 more and is now 94 per cent contained.

Northern California's Camp Fire has destroyed almost 10,000 homes and torched 233 square miles (600 square kilometers).

"His general sentiment is correct - that we need to manage fuels", said Yana Valachovic, a forest adviser with the University of California's Cooperative Extension program.

The names were being compiled from information received from a special hotline, along with email reports and a review of emergency 911 calls that came in on the first night of the fire, Mr Honea said.

The president landed at the Beale Air Force base in Northern California Saturday hours after he blamed the deadly wildfires on poor forest management yet again, re-igniting fury among West Coast residents and firefighters.

As of Saturday, 76 are confirmed dead in the Camp Fire in Northern California, while another 1,276 remain unaccounted for. "It's back and forth between the state and the feds".

Trump had earlier told workers to get a move on and learn from their mistakes. "It's like a slap in the face", Missere-Crowder said.

The Fox host, Chris Wallace, asked whether climate change might not be a larger wildfire factor than unraked debris, but Trump didn't think so.

  • Tracy Klein