Fire toll rises to 31

The West Australian - - WORLD -

Teams with dogs were search­ing for more dead in parts of Cal­i­for­nia dev­as­tated by wild­fires, re­sort­ing in some cases to se­rial num­bers on med­i­cal im­plants to iden­tify re­mains in the ru­ins.

The death toll by Thurs­day had risen to 31, mak­ing it the dead­li­est week of fires in Cal­i­for­nia’s his­tory. Blazes still burned out of con­trol as the fires grew to more than 777sqkm, an area as large as New York City.

His­toric tourist sites, in­clud­ing Sonoma city and Cal­is­toga in Napa Val­ley, were ghost towns.

At least 3500 homes and busi­nesses have been razed.

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