Camp Fire death toll now at 48, worst in state history

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The remains of six more victims were found on Tuesday (Nov 13) in and around a northern California town overrun by flames last week, raising the death toll to 48 in a wildfire disaster already ranked as California's most lethal and destructive in state history.

Before the Camp fire struck, the most deadly wildfire in California's history was the Griffith Park blaze, which killed 29 people in Los Angeles in 1933. "One of the things that I saw when I was up there is that there is so much debris in some of these areas that it's very hard to determine whether or not there might be human remains there".

Thousands of firefighters battled blazes in northern and southern California as body recovery teams searched the remains of houses and charred cars for victims of the deadliest wildfires in the history of the USA state.

Search teams in Butte County have recovered the remains of 29 people; majority were found inside burned-out homes in and around the town of Paradise, or in cars that were overwhelmed by fire as locals desperately tried to outrun the fast-moving flames.

The town's mayor has estimated that 80-90% of the town's neighbourhoods were destroyed in the fire.

The Paradise Inn is seen ablaze during the fire's overtaking of the town.

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Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Monday that search teams were using "cadaver dogs" to look for fire victims and two temporary military morgues were being set up. And Barbara Hall tried in vain to find out whether her aunt and the woman's husband, who are in their 80s and 90s, made it out alive from their retirement community.

Another two deaths occurred in a separate blaze near Malibu, the Woolsey Fire, bringing the casualty count to 44 statewide. More than 300,000 California residents have had to flee their homes.

News reports said the wildfire has threatened the homes of many celebrities, including Guillermo del Toro, Alyssa Milano, Will Smith, James Woods, Orlando Bloom, Melissa Etheridge, Cher and Pink. "He would want to be remembered for being a San Franciscan through and through". "We're feeling better", Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

"This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal", California Governor Jerry Brown said in a stark warning over the likely damaging effects of climate change.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fires.

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