Death Toll Climbing, California Keeps Burning

Hundreds are still unaccounted for in Camp Fire, now state's deadliest wildfire by far
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2018 5:05 AM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2018 7:03 AM CST

(Newser) – The Camp Fire raging in northern California is now the deadliest single wildfire in state history—and authorities expect the death toll to rise significantly. Another 13 victims were found Monday, 10 of them in the devastated Butte County town of Paradise, bringing the death toll to 42, the Sacramento Bee reports. The previous record was held by the Griffiths Park Fire, which killed 29 people in 1933. Only four of the victims have been identified, says Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea. With many of the bodies reduced to little more than ash, special forensics teams have been brought in to recover and identify remains. Some 228 people are unaccounted for, many of them seniors with mobility issues. More:

  • A grim search. The AP reports that two mobile morgue units have been brought to the area and chaplains are accompanying coroner search teams visiting the addresses of people reported missing. Searchers are paying extra attention to residences that still have one or more vehicles in the driveway.

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