The Camp Fire raging in Butte County in Northern California has claimed at least five lives. The bodies were found in cars that had been torched by the flames, KPIX reports. According to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies were found Thursday. They could not be immediately identified due to burn injuries, and autopsies will be performed. There are multiple reports of other fatalities, the Los Angeles Times reports, but the active fire and resulting hazards have hampered efforts to confirm them.
Worried families have requested at least 400 welfare checks for loved ones, per KPIX. “We know there have been injuries and we know that there has been loss of life and we are still accounting for that,” state Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci said Friday during a press conference. (California fires are taking a toll on air quality in the state.)