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Paradise Cop: 'There's No One to Watch Over and Protect'

Camp Fire death toll hits 56
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2018 7:10 AM CST
A sign hangs beside a tent at a makeshift shelter for evacuees of the Camp Fire in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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(Newser) – The death toll from the Camp Fire now stands at 56—almost double that of the state's previous deadliest single wildfire—and close to 300 others are unaccounted for, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office released a list of 297 names Wednesday night, including many elderly people. FEMA administrator Brock Long toured the devastated town of Paradise Wednesday and said the agency would be dealing with the disaster for years and it's not clear whether the town will be rebuilt, NBC reports. "The infrastructure is basically a total rebuild at this point," he said. "You're not going to be able to rebuild Paradise the way it was," he said of the town, which had a population of 27,000 before the wildfire. In other developments:

  • A united front. California Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stressed unity after touring the fire-ravaged area, Politico reports. Brown didn't directly address questions about reports that a state utility's equipment started the fire—or about President Trump's remarks blaming the state. "It's not one thing: It's people, it's how people live, it's where they live, it's the changing climate," Brown said.

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