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88 dead, 203 still unread after trap fire contains: NPR



Kimberly Spain hugs her daughter Chloe, 13, while her husband, Ryan Spain, is looking for ash last week from her burned-out home in Rai, California.

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Kimberly Spain hugs her daughter Chloe, 13, while her husband, Ryan Spain, is looking for ash last week from her burned-out home in Rai, California.

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Camp Fire's death rate has risen to 88, and 203 remain missing, the Bute County Sheriff said in a news release on Monday night.

Forest fire, the most deadly and most destructive in California history, is on Sunday after burning for 17 days. It destroyed 153,336 acres (240 square miles).

Of the 88 dead 54 were identified temporarily. A further 16 were identified positively. Out of these 16, 13 are residents of Rai, the city located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, dotted with a terrible wasteland of burned cars and home bases.

All but two of the dead were adults.

"Unfortunately, many of the remains we found were almost completely devoured by fire," said Sheriff Cory Honea. "What they are restoring are bones and bone fragments.

Officials increased the number of deaths when the forensic lab determined that the previous one was to be considered to be two, in fact, three.

No additional remains were found on Sunday. Honnea identifies a "trend" of fewer residues that are recovering each day.

"This is positive because we have made good progress in covering most of the area we have to cover," said Honnea.

Butte County has a public list of 203 still missing. Most of the missing are from Heaven, many from Magallia, and some are from Chico, Conco, Berry Creek, Sterling City, Big Band and Orviole.

Authorities say that 2 689 people have been found that were once marked as missing.

Searchers and rescue teams, coroners, and court anthropologists continue their recovery and search efforts.

The fire destroyed 13,972 homes, 528 commercial buildings and 4,293 other buildings. Repair officers continue to conduct rehabilitation where possible, according to the latest update of the incident.

"Many people are trying to get back to their properties and communities," said Honnea. "We are very eager to return people to their properties, but what we need to do before we can allow it is to ensure that the area is safe for the public to return."

Several areas remain under evacuation, including Rai and Maglia.


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