California wildfire: Death toll rises to 80, search for 993 missing underway

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San Francisco | Updated: November 19, 2018 12:55:19 PM

Authorities say one more set of human remains has been found, bringing the total number killed in a devastating California wildfire to 77.

Over a thousand names remain on a list of those unaccounted for after the so-called Camp Fire swept through the rural town of Paradise on November 8.

The death toll from the destructive wildfires have reached 80, with 993 people still unaccounted for, authorities said.

As of Sunday evening, there were 77 deaths and 9,700 homes destroyed as a result of the 149,000-acre Camp Fire in Northern California, which started on November 8, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

A second blaze in Southern California called the Woolsey Fire started northwest of Los Angeles also on November 8, has killed at least three people with more than 96,000 acres torched, CNN reported.

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According to Cal Fire, the state’s forestry and fire protection agency, the Woolsey Fire was now 88 per cent contained

But Cal Fire said that Camp Fire was only 65 per cent contained as of Sunday evening and won’t be fully doused until November 30.

Hundreds of deputies, National Guard troops, coroners and anthropologists were sifting through levelled homes and mangled cars for remains.

Officials said the death toll from Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, could keep rising.

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