Sheriff: Wildfire death toll rises to 79

Sheriff: Wildfire death toll rises to 79
Posted at 7:51 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 22:51:08-05

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California sheriff says two more sets of human remains were found Monday, bringing the total number killed in a devastating California wildfire to 79.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 700.

He says that's about 300 fewer than what was posted at the start of Monday.

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Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing.

The so-called Camp Fire swept through the rural town of Paradise on Nov. 8. It has destroyed nearly 12,000 homes.