In California, at least eight more deaths have been reported from the Northern California Camp Fire—already the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history—with close to 300 still missing. Another death was reported in the Los Angeles-area Woolsey Fire, bringing the statewide total to at least 59 people killed. The Camp Fire forced more than 50,000 people to evacuate the town of Paradise and surrounding communities; many of them are now sleeping in cars or donated tents in a Walmart parking lot in the nearby city of Chico. As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke toured the devastation Wednesday, he attempted to strike a more cooperative tone, after President Trump blamed California forest management last week and threatened to cut off aid. This is California Governor Jerry Brown speaking Wednesday.
Gov. Jerry Brown: “Yeah, this is so devastating that I don’t really have the words to describe it. It looks like a war zone. It is. It’s the devastation that only fires of this kind could bring about. Nobody’s really expecting it, but it happens.”