Paradise, Nov 13:
The number of dead in a wildfire raging in California rose to 42 on Monday, matching the deadliest in the State’s history as recovery teams found six more bodies in the grim search through the wreckage.
The “Camp Fire” — in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains — is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across the tinder-dry state, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map.
“Today, an additional six human remains were recovered, which brings our current total to 29,” Sheriff Kory Honea told on Sunday a news conference at the end of the fourth day in the struggle to contain the blaze, adding that all were found in Paradise.
In fire zones in north and south California — where a total of at least 42 people have died — acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible.On the ground, cars caught in the flames were reduced to mangled metal carcasses, while power lines were gnawed by the flames.
The Camp Fire has the grisly distinction of matching the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles — until now the single deadliest wildfire on record, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
At the southern end of the state, where the “Woolsey Fire” is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway.