California wildfire death toll rises to 63, with over 600 people still missing

The number of people who remain unaccounted for in the Northern California area increased to 631, by more than 500 people, officials said. Some 52,000 people have been displaced.

The wildfire which started on November 8 remains the deadliest in California state history, leaving more than 8,500 structures destroyed and 140,000 acres of land scorched. It was 40 percent contained as of Thursday night, bring to 63 people confirmed dead why more than 600 is missing

At least 63 people have been killed in and around Paradise by the Camp fire that erupted a week ago in the Sierra foothills 175 miles (280km) north of San Francisco. The fire is among the most lethal US wildfires since 2000.

Last night, Investigators in California revealed that another seven sets of human remains have been found in the northern part of the state’s Camp Fire,they where found outdoors and in the rubble of homes and cars in the towns of Paradise, Magalia and Concow. One victim was found in a overturned charred car in Paradise.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection report that Nearly 9,000 homes and other buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated last Thursday night, hours after the blaze erupted.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea on Thursday said the remains of seven victims have been located since Wednesday’s tally of 56. Nearly 300 people reported missing have been found alive and the list of missing would fluctuate, he said.

Sheriff Honea has asked relatives of the missing to submit DNA samples to hasten identification of the dead. But he said some of those unaccounted for may never be identified.

The were other smaller blazes in southern California including the Woolsey fire that is linked to three deaths and destroyed at least 500 structures near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles sheriff began allowing residents to return to certain parts of Malibu, and the smaller communities of Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley.

The White House announced that President Donald Trump would visit the Golden State on Saturday to meet with victims of the deadly wildfires raging in northern and southern California. Critics say Trump politicized the fires by casting blame on forest mismanagement.


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