California Wildfire Death Toll Hits 77
The toll from the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history rose further on Sunday to 77, the sheriff’s office said.
“One human remain was located today,” raising the toll by one in the so-called Camp Fire which broke out 10 days earlier in northern California, a statement from the Butte County Sheriff said, following US President Donald Trump’s visit on Saturday to survey the devastation.
On Sunday, mourners gathered at First Christian Church in Chico, near the incinerated community of Paradise, to hold a tearful vigil for the fire’s victims.
“We will rise from the ashes,” said a sign on the altar of the church, where survivors embraced, and one woman carried a picture of her father who died.
“Of the 77 fatalities, we have tentatively identified 67 individuals,” the sheriff’s office said.
The number of people unaccounted for has fallen to 993, from a peak that exceeded 1,200, the statement added.
Another three people died in a second major blaze that struck the more well-off Malibu area adjacent to Hollywood, where the film industry paid tribute to the fire victims on Sunday night at its annual honorary Oscars event.
“Many thousands of our fellow Americans are homeless,” the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Bailey, said in his opening address to the annual Governors Awards ceremony.
Fire also hit Paramount Ranch, which hosts a screening of silent films.
“Some of our own history was lost,” Bailey said.
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