110 Missing, 25 Killed in California Wildfires
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) – Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says his department has reports of 110 people still missing in a massive Northern California wildfire that has scorched 164 square miles (425 square kilometers).
Honea says he’s hopeful that more of those missing people will be located. The department initially had more than 500 calls about citizens who were unable to reach loved ones.
But he says they’ve been able to help locate many.
Next he says sheriff’s officials will be cross-checking their list with official shelters to search for the remaining missing.
Honea said Saturday that 23 people have died in the fire near Paradise, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco. Two bodies were also found in the Woolsey Fire area in Southern California.
Honea says he will add another coroner’s team to help find bodies in burned areas, and he ordered a DNA lab truck to assist in identifying human remains.
He said in some cases, investigators have only found bones or bone fragments. They are receiving expertise from anthropologists from nearby California State University, Chico.
Honea said 14 bodies were recovered Saturday, bringing the death toll to 25 for both fires. The fire north of Sacramento has destroyed more than 6,700 structures and driven more than 52,000 people from their homes.
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