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California’s wildfires have killed 76 so far; many are missing

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California’s wildfires have killed 79 individuals and more than 1,100  people are missing, according to Cal Fire, the state’s fire protection and prevention bureau.  The fires have damaged or destroyed at least 15,000 structures.

California Governor Jerry Brown blamed the fires on climate change, increasing drought, lower humidity and water vapor.

The Camp Fire, which is still active in Butte County, near the town of Paradise, has burned 149, 500 acres of land and has destroyed 9,700 residences and 2,528 other buildings. Paradise, a town of 27,00, is located 85 miles north Sacramento.

The Camp Fire is the largest fire in the state’s history.

The Woolsey Fire, which is burning in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, is 89 percent contained. The fire destroyed or damaged 1,130 structures, many of them homes. The damage and the death counts are ongoing. The blaze is confined to Southern California.

 

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