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Camp Fire Death Toll Climbs To 76 As Missing Person List Swells To Almost 1,300

The death toll from Northern California’s Camp fire now stands at 76 after search-and-rescue officials recovered five sets of remains on Saturday. 

Butte County Sheriff-Coroner Kory L. Honea said that while 63 individuals have already been “tentatively identified,” confirmation will come only from DNA tests. 

The state’s death toll now stands at 79 following the discovery of three bodies in the Woolsey fire in Southern California. 

Investigators continue to scour the town of Paradise in their search for additional remains.


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Investigators continue to scour the town of Paradise in their search for additional remains.

Honea pleaded with the public to check lists of missing people “and call in and let us know they are safe so that we can begin to get them off the list and devote resources to other areas.”

“As of tonight, the current list of unaccounted individuals stands at 1,276,” he said Saturday. 

President Donald Trump toured the destruction left in the wake of the wildfires on Saturday, telling reporters that “nobody thought this could happen.”

“Hopefully this is going to be the last one of these,” he said, per CNN.

President Donald Trump toured areas affected by the deadly wildfires on Saturday.


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President Donald Trump toured areas affected by the deadly wildfires on Saturday.

The deadliest wildfire in California’s history, the Camp fire has been responsible for the destruction of nearly 10,000 homes. According to CBS, the blaze is now 55 percent contained after burning through more than 149,000 acres. 

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