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Trump visits devastation of the deadly California wildfires

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President Donald Trump arrived in Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century amid confusion over how many people remain unaccounted for.

Authorities confirmed a new death toll of 71 and say they are trying to locate 1,011 people , even as they stressed that not all are believed missing.

California’s outgoing and incoming governors, both Democrats and vocal critics of Trump, greeted him when he landed at Beale Air Force Base just north of Sacramento and got onto a helicopter. Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom welcomed Trump’s visit, declaring it’s time “to pull together for the people of California.”

The blaze that started Nov. 8 largely destroyed the town of Paradise, population 27,000, and heavily damaged the nearby communities of Magalia and Concow. It destroyed more than 9,800 homes and at its height displaced 52,000 people. (AP)

Related Links: Photos: Animal survivors of the California fires » Photos: Heartbreak in Northern and Southern California areas ravaged by wildfires » Photos: California blazes grow as hundreds go missing »

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President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on Air Force One at Beale Air Force Base for a visit to areas impacted by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. He is followed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


President Donald Trump arrives at Beale Air Force Base in Calif., Nov. 17, 2018, as he travels to view wildfire damage. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump greets California Gov. Jerry Brown as Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, left, watches as he arrives on Air Force One at Beale Air Force Base for a visit to areas impacted by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


Children stand on the side of the road holding an American flag as the motorcade of President Donald Trump drives through Chico, Calif., on a visit to areas affected by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


President Donald Trump looks on with Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, 2nd from right, Governor of California Jerry Brown, right, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, 2nd from left and Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newson, as they view damage from wildfires in Paradise, California on Nov. 17, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump talks to Mayor Jody Jones as he visits a neighborhood impacted by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


President Donald Trump, views damage from wildfires with Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, center and Governor of California Jerry Brown in Paradise, Calif., Nov. 17, 2018, as he travels to view wildfire damage. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump views damage from wildfires as Paradise Council Member Judy Jones speaks next to him in Paradise, Calif., Nov. 17, 2018, as he travels to view wildfire damage. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump talks with FEMA Administrator Brock Long, Jody Jones, Mayor of Paradise, and California Gov. Jerry Brown, second from right during a visit to a neighborhood impacted by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


President Donald Trump visits a neighborhood impacted by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


President Donald Trump views damage from wildfires as Paradise Mayor Jody Jones speaks next to him in Paradise, Calif., Nov. 17, 2018, as he travels to view wildfire damage. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


U.S. President Donald Trump visits the charred wreckage of Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park with Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, left Brock Long, right Paradise Mayor Jody Jonesm 2nd from right and Governor Jerry Brown in Paradise, Calif., Nov. 17, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)


President Donald Trump arrives at Beale Air Force Base for a visit to areas impacted by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018, in Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


President Donald Trump (2L) looks on with Paradise Mayor Jody Jones (R), Governor of California Jerry Brown (2R), and Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newson, as they view damage from wildfires in Paradise, Calif. on Nov. 17, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump talks to Mayor Jody Jones as he visits a neighborhood impacted by the wildfires, Nov. 17, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)


President Donald Trumpspeaks with fire fighter as he visits Command Center Chico after viewing damage from wildfires in Chico, Calif. on Nov. 17, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


President Donald Trump visits the charred wreckage of Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park with FEMA head Brock Long, Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, right Governor-elect Gavin Newsom and Governor Jerry Brown (obscured) in Paradise, Calif., on Nov. 17, 2018. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters)