Death in Paradise: Hunt for victims of wildfires


According to the authorities, the wildfire has so far claimed the lives of at least 63 people statewide, with the number of people missing or unaccounted for having soared to 631.

Speaking to the reporters Thursday night, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea cautioned that information is being gathered rapidly, and that the latest figures of missing and dead are likely to change. Another three were found in Magalia and one was discovered in Concow.

Dozens of people have been confirmed dead making it the most lethal wildfire in California history.

Firefighting efforts have made progress in recent days, with the fire 52 percent contained.

The White House said President Donald Trump, who has blamed the fires on "gross mismanagement of the forest", would travel to California on Saturday to meet with victims and review the damage. Many can not be with us today because they are fighting to protect their property and homes and they simply can not get out as they fight to survive without water, electricity, food, gas and, in some cases, shelter. He was helping to contain the Woolsey Fire in Southern California.

The Woolsey Fire has razed 98,000 acres (39,660 hectares) and has been 62 percent contained.

A Newfoundland woman who launched a desperate bid to find family members missing thousands of kilometres away in a fire-ravaged California town says the search has come to a hard end.

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Nicole said she fled once her home's mailbox caught fire and neighbors' propane tanks began exploding.

The death toll also rose to 63 after the remains of seven more people were found.

Those who survived the flames but lost homes were moving in temporarily with friends or relatives or bunking down in American Red Cross shelters.

The number of missing people from the Camp Fire has grown significantly in the last day.

At the other end of the state, meanwhile, more residents were being allowed back into the zone of a wildfire that torched an area the size of Denver west of Los Angeles.

The announcement came Thursday as authorities continued to search the devastated town of Paradise for human remains. The fire was 62 per cent contained after destroying almost 550 homes and other buildings.