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Trump to visit California wildfire victims as death toll rises

‘The whole town is gone.’ Drone video reveals the scale of fire destruction in Paradise

The Camp Fire began on Nov. 8, 2018, and has since become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Drone footage shows the fire destruction, with home after home lost, in Paradise, California.
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The Camp Fire began on Nov. 8, 2018, and has since become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Drone footage shows the fire destruction, with home after home lost, in Paradise, California.

President Donald Trump will visit California on Saturday to visit with individuals affected by California fires.

Details on the time and place have yet to be determined, according to a White House press pool report.

“The president will travel to California this Saturday to meet with individuals impacted by the wildfires,” said Lindsay Walters, Trump’s deputy press secretary. “We will keep you updated on details as they are available.”

Trump has visited California once since taking office — to view border wall prototypes along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president tweeted on Wednesday that he had spoken with Gov. Jerry Brown “to let him know that we are with him, and the people of California, all the way!”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is glad to see the president come to California.

“I welcome the president’s visit to see the extent of the damage from these ongoing wildfires and look forward to working with his administration to ensure California receives all the federal support possible in the response and recovery,” Feinstein said in a statement.

At least 56 people have died from the Camp Fire north of Sacramento, with dozens more still missing.

Firefighters also are battling fires in Southern California.

It's now the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. These images look at the destruction after the Camp Fire raged through Paradise, CA.

An uncontrolled forest fire in Butte County forced large-scale evacuations Thursday, November 8, 2018, in Paradise, a Northern California town of about 26,000 residents. Thousands were left without power.

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