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California wildfire death toll rises to 63, over 600 missing

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California fire officials said Thursday evening that an additional seven sets of human remains have been found in northern California, bringing the total number of people killed to 63.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said 53 of those found dead have been positively identified.

The number of people who remain missing from the Northern California area increased to 631. Authorities said nearly 52,000 have been displaced thus far.

The wildfire started on November 8th and is now the deadliest wildfire in California state history, with more than 8,500 structures destroyed and 140,000 acres of land burned out. The wildfire was 40 percent contained as of Thursday evening.

United States President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the state of California on Saturday, in both the northern and southern parts of the state, Fox News reports.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has reportedly left three people dead and destroyed nearly 500 structures in Malibu and surrounding ares. It has consumed more than 98,000 acres with 62 percent thus far contained.

(Crusader Journal Staff)

 

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