According to the information given by the officials, three raging wildfires in California have killed 44 people since it started last week, a record number of deaths from a wildfire in the US state.
Of the 44 people killed, 42 died in Northern California’s Camp Fire, while two others were killed in the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Butte county Sheriff Kory L. Honea told the media on Monday night.
Honea said more than 200 people remain missing in and around the wooded town of Paradise in northern California, which sits in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and was popular with retirees, The New York Times reported.
The Camp Fire which broke out in Paradise on the morning of november 8, has already burned about 117,000 acres, destroyed 6,453 homes, and was only about 30 per cent contained.
“My sincere hope is that I don’t have to come here each night and report a higher and higher number,” Sheriff Honea said.