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California’s deadliest wildfire kills 42

Thirteen more bodies have been recovered in California, bringing the death toll in the US state’s deadliest wildfires to 42, officials say.

The remains were found in and around the largely incinerated town of Paradise, in the north of the state.

At least 228 people are missing, as the Camp Fire continues to rage. Nearly 7,200 structures have been destroyed, and another 15,500 are at risk.

The fire has now surpassed the 1933 Griffith Park disaster that killed 31.

In the south, the Woolsey Fire has claimed two lives as it damaged beach resorts, including Malibu.

An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes across the state.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed the number of dead, and the official number of missing.

Many more people are said to be unaccounted for.

How did people die?

Some bodies were found in gutted cars that were overrun by the fast-moving blaze.

Paradise and its surrounding area bore the brunt of the inferno, which started in nearby forest on Thursday.

 Photo: 12 November 2018
Officials search for bodies at a burned residence in Paradise, California.  Photo credit:AFP/GETTY IMAGES 

“It was very scary,” Paradise Mayor Jody Jones told CNN, recounting her family’s escape from the town.

“It took a long time to get out. There was fire on both sides of the car. You could feel the heat coming in through the car,” she said.

Among the victims were also elderly residents with mobility issues or people who decided to stay despite evacuation orders.

Forensic experts are stepping up their search in the ruins of Paradise, but officials warn that finding the bodies could take weeks.

Two mobile army morgues are being brought in to help to identify the dead.

 

source: BBC

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