CATASTROPHIC

More Than 1,000 People Missing in NorCal Fire as More Bodies Found

Authorities in Northern California said late Friday that eight more victims of the state’s deadliest fire on record have been found, bringing the death toll to 71 since it erupted more than a week ago. At least 1,011 people have now been reported missing in Butte County, up from 631 earlier this week. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the list of missing residents is “dynamic,” however, and that it may contain duplicate names as reports continue to come in to the emergency services. As of Friday night, the Camp Fire was only 50 percent contained after swallowing up more than 9,000 homes, wiping out the entire town of Paradise, and scorching 146,000 acres. Hundreds of rescue workers continue to comb through the wreckage with the help of cadaver dogs. Fire officials said weather conditions for Saturday night into Sunday threaten to fan the flames of the fire and spread it further, with a red flag warning in effect for some areas. President Trump, who came under fire earlier this month for appearing to blame California authorities for the deadly wildfire, is due to visit the state Saturday to meet with victims of the blaze. It wasn’t immediately clear which areas he would be visiting. In addition to the raging fire in Northern California, a separate fire in Malibu, the Woolsey Fire, has killed at least three people and destroyed hundreds of homes.