CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE: Death toll hits 63, hundreds still missing

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE: Death toll hits 63, hundreds still missing

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE: Death toll hits 63, hundreds still missing

According to the authorities, the wildfire has so far claimed the lives of at least 63 people statewide, with the number of people missing or unaccounted for having soared to 631.

That's more than double the number of people said to be missing just 24 hours earlier.

At least 56 people have been confirmed dead so far in the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco and now ranks as one of the most lethal single United States wildfires since the turn of the last century.

At the other end of the state, meanwhile, crews continued to gain ground against a blaze of more than 97,920 acres that destroyed over 500 structures in Malibu and other Southern California communities.

The firefighter is among the more than 100 firefighters from Washington state who have been sent to both Northern and Southern California to help with the deadly wildfires.

Information for contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance was posted on a board that allowed people to write the names of those they believed were missing.

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The fire is now 40 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Butte County Fire Department.

Honea said that while recovery efforts remain hard, increased resources have helped "bring more order to the chaos that we're dealing with".

Thousands of survivors are now without homes and living in shelters and tent cities.

The Woolsey Fire has razed 98,000 acres (39,660 hectares) and has been 62 percent contained.

"We didn't have any time to react", Eric said. "There are more evacuees, more people running out of money for hotels".

Nicole said she fled once her home's mailbox caught fire and neighbors' propane tanks began exploding.

Authorities developed an evacuation plan that split the town of 27,000 into zones and called for a staggered exodus.

The blaze destroyed almost 8,800 homes in the former gold mining settlement.

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