WORLD Wildfires deadliest on record in California with at least 29 dead

WORLD

Wildfires deadliest on record in California with at least 29 dead

AP

13:46, November 12, 2018

The death toll from the Northern California wildfire climbed to 29 on Sunday, local officials announced, matching the deadliest wildfire in state history.

An American flag is draped over the charred remains of an old pickup truck entering Point Dume along the pacific coast highway in Malibu, Calif., on Sunday Nov. 11, 2018. [Photo: AP/Richard Vogel]

An American flag is draped over the charred remains of an old pickup truck entering Point Dume along the pacific coast highway in Malibu, California, on Sunday Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo: AP)

The statewide death toll stood at 31 and appeared certain to rise with fires continuing to rage both ends of the state.

The so-called Camp fire that ravaged a swath of Northern California was the deadliest.

A total of 29 bodies have been found so far from that fire, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told a news briefing Sunday evening.

He said 228 people were still unaccounted for.

At least five search teams were working in Paradise - a town of 27,000 that was largely incinerated on Thursday - and in surrounding communities.

Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify victims.

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