California's deadliest wildfire finally tamed

News Desk , Bol News

06:49:32, Monday, November 26, 2018

More than two weeks after it erupted, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California´s history was finally brought under total control by firefighters, authorities said on Sunday.

The so-called Camp Fire, which broke out on November 8, has so far killed 85 people.

The Butte County Sheriff´s department said that they had mistakenly added two people to an earlier death toll of 87.

However late Sunday they increased the number of missing people to 296 from 249 — still considerably lower than the 474 reported missing on Friday.

Only 54 of the fatalities have been identified, according to the local sheriff´s office in Butte County, a rural area north of the state capital Sacramento.

A total of 153,336 acres were affected by the fire, with nearly 14,000 homes and hundreds of other structures destroyed.

California´s governor, Jerry Brown, has warned that the state can expect a growing number of major fires as a result of global warming.

A recent study found that one third of all US houses now are located in what researchers refer to as the wildland-urban interface, where houses and forest vegetation intermingle.


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