PARADISE (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency says up to 2,000 trailers could be used to help house survivors of a Northern California wildfire that has killed at least 88 people and destroyed 13,000 homes.

Toney Raines, head of FEMA’s housing task force, says survivors could begin living in the trailers sometime this week. He says the 2,000 figure is just an estimate and could come down.

Other survivors are being housed in hotels and apartments, some using financial assistance from the government.

Tina Curry, a deputy director at California’s Office of Emergency Services, called the magnitude of the fire unprecedented and says it happened in an area that already had a housing shortage.

She adds: “There’s a huge challenge before us.”

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.


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