MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):
Authorities have reported seven more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 63 in the deadliest wildfire in state history.
The announcement came Thursday as authorities continued to search the devastated town of Paradise for human remains.
More than 5,000 fire personnel were battling the blaze that started a week ago and has displaced 52,000 people.
Authorities also raised the number of homes destroyed by the wildfire to 9,700.
Paradise, California (CNN)The death toll from the Camp Fire in Northern California has grown to 63 people, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said Thursday evening.
Seven sets of remains were discovered Thursday, he said.Hundreds of rescue personnel dressed in white overalls sifted through smoldering rubble and checked mangled cars, searching for human remains in California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire.The fire turned the hard-hit town of Paradise into ash and debris and also devastated the nearby communities of Magalia and Concow. Honea said three sets of remains were found in Paradise, three in Magalia and one in Concow.At least two other people have been killed in another major wildfire in Southern California, putting the state’s death toll at 65 since the two blazes began last week.
In the Camp Fire’s devastating aftermath, cadaver dogs, deputies and coroners are searching the ruins where Paradise, a town of 27,000, once stood.