The Latest: Trump’s California visit draws mixed reaction

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s arrival in Northern California to tour the devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century has drawn mixed reactions from residents.

Flag-waving supporters gathered on a corner Saturday in the city of Chico to greet Trump’s motorcade as he headed to the town of Paradise that was leveled by the fire last week. At least 71 people have died.

At an encampment of people displaced by the fire next to a Walmart in Chico, no one appeared to be paying close attention to Trump’s visit.

Evacuees say they were told they had to leave by Sunday, and many were packing their belongings.

Maggie Missere-Crowder says if Trump came to the Walmart, she’d shake his hand, but she otherwise needed to focus on getting her tent and other supplies into her truck.


10:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived in California to tour the devastation caused from the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century.

Trump landed Saturday at Beale Air Force Base just north of Sacramento and shook hands with Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom on the tarmac. The Democrats will join the president as he visits burned areas and meets with first responders.

The group got onto a helicopter.

The wildfire ignited Nov. 8 and largely destroyed the town of Paradise and nearby communities. It has killed at least 71 people, and more than 1,000 are unaccounted for but not all believed missing.


9:45 a.m.

Firefighters are racing against time to contain the massive Northern California wildfire as they prepare for a high winds that are expected to heighten fire danger.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says fire crews are strengthening containment lines and watching for spot fires when up to 40 mph wind gusts are expected to sweep through the area Saturday night into Sunday.

The nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century began Nov. 8 and killed 71 people. It largely destroyed Paradise, a town of 27,000 people.

The blaze has burned 231 square miles (598 square kilometers) and is 55 percent contained.

Rain was forecast for midweek, which could help firefighters but also complicate the challenging search for remains.


12 a.m.

President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century.

California’s outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats who have been vocal critics of Trump, plan to join the president on Saturday.

Trump’s arrival comes as confusion continues over how many people remain unaccounted for.

Authorities Friday night confirmed a new death toll of 71 and say they are trying to locate more than 1,000 people. But they stress that not all the people may really be missing.

Butte County voted for Trump. But his planned visit is receiving mixed reviews.

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