The death toll from wildfires in California has risen to 31, after six more people were found dead in what is expected to be the deadliest fire in state history.
The so-called Camp Fire in northern California burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in the town of Paradise – more structures than any other wildfire recorded in California. Its death toll of 29 now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California.
At least 228 people were still missing, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.
In southern California, the Woolsey Fire has scorched at least 85,500 acres, destroyed 177 structures and was only 15 per cent contained. At least two people have died in that fire, according to officials from the statewide agency Cal Fire. The blaze has forced the authorities to issue evacuation orders for a quarter million people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties and beachside communities including the Malibu beach colony.
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