Fire toll rises to 31
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.