There are still over 1,200 people missing after California’s deadliest wildfire, despite authorities finding hundreds of people who became lost when the Camp Fire moved through the mountain town of Paradise, California.
Search and rescue teams recovered the remains of five additional victims, bringing the death toll to at least 76, state officials said 63 of the remains have been positively identified, Reuters reports.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters that the increase in the number of missing people was due to his efforts in combing through a backlog of emergency calls that came in during the fire few hours of the start of the fire back on November 8th.
“A lot of progress is being made with regard to that, but this is still raw data,” Honea said during a news conference.
United States President Donald Trump, with California Governor Jerry Brown and California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, visited the area over the weekend. “Nobody could have thought this would ever happen,” Trump told reporters
“This is very sad to see. As far as the lives are concerned, nobody knows quite yet,” Trump said. “Right now we want to take care of the people who have been so badly hurt.”
Aside from the high death toll, property losses from the wildfire could make it one of the most destructive in California history, which creates additional challenges of providing shelter for many of the displaced residents.
(Crusader Journal Staff)