California wildfires’ death toll jumps to 25 with 110 still missing after the town of Paradise is incinerated as mobile DNA teams are brought in to ID remains and 250K are evacuated across the state

Sunday, November 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

A total of 23 bodies have now been found in Northern California after Camp Fire tore through Paradise
Officials have called in five coroner teams and forensic anthropologists to continue grim search for remains
Department of Justice mobile DNA lab arrives to assist identifying remains, some just bone fragments
Camp Fire is most destructive fire in California history and may have started from electric line malfunction
In Southern California, two bodies were found badly burned in a car in Malibu driveway in Woolsey Fire
Malibu, Calabasas and the Topanga Canyon were evacuated on Friday as Woolsey and Hill Fires approached
The fires have torched nearly 75,000 acres in Southern California since igniting on Thursday afternoon
The three fires fueled by another strong burst of Santa Ana winds are expected to rage through the weekend
President Trump approved an emergency declaration on Friday sending federal funds to California

11 November 2018

The death toll in California’s raging wildfires has risen to 23.

On Saturday, 14 additional bodies were found in Northern California, while the first two casualties were confirmed in Southern California.

That brings the death toll of the northern Camp Fire, which raced through the town of Paradise, to 23, making it the third deadliest fire in California history. Only the Griffith Park Fire in 1933 and Tunnel Fire in 1991 have claimed more lives.

The Camp Fire is already the most destructive fire in the state’s history, after destroying at least 6,713 buildings, the vast majority of them homes.

Of the newly discovered bodies, four were found in the community of Concow – two in cars and two in houses.

Another 10 bodies were found in Paradise on Saturday – seven in homes and three outside homes.

The Camp Fire death toll is only feared to rise, with at least 110 missing persons reports still pending with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have four coroner search and recovery teams combing through the remains of Paradise, which was nearly totally destroyed when a fire raged through the town on Thursday and Friday.

The Department of Justice mobile DNA lab has been dispatched to the area to help identify remains by comparing them to genetic samples from family members. The California State Chico anthropology team has also been called in to assist.

‘In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments,’ said Butte County Sheriff Kory L Honea.

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