California Deadliest Wildfires: Death Toll Jumps To 42


Sacramento: Search teams were scouring the devastated town of Paradise on Tuesday with the grim expectation of finding more bodies in the aftermath of the deadliest wildfire in California history.

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Finding remains is a painstaking process that is often guided by cadaver dogs after an intense fire like the one that struck Paradise, where 42 people have been killed, 200 are still missing and much is reduced to ashes. Coroners and about dozens of other searchers have fanned out across the area, and two portable morgues are waiting to collect the dead.

The “Camp Fire” continued to rage in Butte County, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, and expanded to 125,000 acres (50,500 hectares), more than four times the area of the city, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.
The death toll stood at 42 people, the most on record from a California wildfire. More than 7,600 homes and other structures burned down, also an all-time high.