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The Latest: Utility files 2nd report on power line failure

A firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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

8:30 p.m.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company officials have filed a second report with California regulators about a power line failure near the start of a deadly wildfire the morning the fire began.

The Mercury News of San Jose reported Saturday that the filing indicated the utility had an outage at 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 8 in Concow, near Paradise.

The utility previously reported to the state Public Utilities Commission that it detected an outage on an electrical transmission line near the site of the blaze. It said a subsequent aerial inspection showed damage to a transmission tower on the line.

No cause of the fire has been determined. But Cal Fire officials said this week they are investigating a possible second ignition point.

PG&E spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin says the utility is cooperating with the investigation.

San Francisco-based PG&E is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving most of Northern and central California.

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6:20 p.m.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says emergency responders have made progress in finding people who had been reported missing in the wildfires but the list of those unaccounted for is now nearly 1,300.

Honea pleaded Saturday with the public to check out the list and to call in if they are safe. Honea says the list is growing because authorities continue to cull names from phone calls, emails and reports that came in in the early hours of the wildfire that started Nov. 8.

Authorities also say they found five more bodies Saturday in Northern California’s Camp Fire, bringing the death toll to 76.

The Camp Fire in Butte County is the deadliest in the country in at least a century. Honea says authorities have tentatively identified 63 of the 76 dead.

Four bodies were found in the devastated town of Paradise, population 27,000, and one in nearby Concow.

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3:35 p.m.

President Trump has arrived in Southern California to visit a region hit hard by recent wildfires and a mass shooting at a country music bar north of Los Angeles.

Air Force One landed at Point Mugu Air Force Base on Saturday afternoon. Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom joined Trump after touring the heart of Northern California’s deadly wildfire earlier in the day.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke Friday of plans for viewing “the scenes of the horrific wildfires that have ravaged California but also talking with some of the people and the families that were impacted by the shooting there not too long ago.”

Fires that recently tore through Malibu and communities west of Los Angeles killed three people. A gunman killed a dozen people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 7, then himself.

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2 p.m.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II expressed sympathies to the people of California who have faced devastating wildfires.

In a message sent Friday to President Donald Trump, she offered thoughts and prayers to the victims of the fires and to “all those who have lost their homes and livelihoods.”

The queen also paid tribute to the emergency workers and volunteers who have provided support during the disasters.

Trump went to Northern California on Saturday to survey the devastation from the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century.

He’s also expected to visit Southern California, where a wildfire killed three people and destroyed 700 buildings in communities west of Los Angeles from Thousand Oaks to Malibu.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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