Transcript for Butte County sheriff: 'Still trying to bring order to the chaos' caused by Camp Fire
Jamal khashoggi. Wildfires were front and center taking the president west to survey the damage. Parts of that state barely recognizable. Ravaged by the so-called camp fire, considered the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history. Trump pledged federal assistance, praised first responders and stood shoulder to shoulder with Jerry brown and incoming governor Gavin Newsom. Overnight the death toll from the camp fire reached 76 and authorities say there are still nearly 1,300 unaccounted for. Already almost 150,000 acres scorched. Nearly 13,000 structures destroyed leaving so many without a home to return to and the fire is only 55% contained. Sheriff Korey Honea has seen the devastation firsthand. Good morning, sheriff. Can you give us the latest from that command post in chico? Good morning, Martha. Thank you for having me. What we've I've been told things are going fairly well in terms of the fire. We're expecting high winds coming. That is causing us some concern. The number of unaccounted for is so alarming. Nearly 1,300. Can you tell us how that list was compiled? That list is compiled from a number of sources, people calling in telling us they have loved ones or friends they haven't had contact with, people emailing us. We're going back through our record system that was collecting data during the most intense period of that. So the data that we're putting out is raw. My thought on that was it's better to work toward progress than achieve perfection before we started getting that information out. With the fire going, how are you verifying who is where? That's a very difficult process. You have thousands of people displaced. We're asking for the community and people to look at that list. If they're on that list, contact our office so we can be sure they're safe. If friends and family know where they're at, we would like that information as well. It's a daunting task. We're trying to bring order to the chaos. Do you have any sense whether the death toll would be that high, close to 1,300? I think it would -- I don't believe it would be that high. We are still finding people. I think yesterday we were able to account for several hundred people. As the night went on, I heard about more accounts of people that contacted us and advised they were safe and well. What should people learn from this in terms of accountability in a natural disaster like this? Checking in, what should they do? That's a great question. This is an unprecedented event. In the wake of it there was so much chaos and so many people displaced. I would ask that people make every effort to reach out to their friends and family and let them know they're okay. Check with us and let us know they're okay so we can devote our resources to locating people who haven't been accounted for. Thanks so much for joining us, sheriff. Thanks to you and all of those helping out in those fires. Thank you, Martha. Let's bring in congressman
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