Death toll could rise in Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire

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Los An­ge­les: Lighter winds on Sun­day helped fire­fight­ers make gains on a vo­ra­cious and deadly wild­fire in cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia that has burned 200 homes and struc­tures and claimed two lives. That toll may rise. Fire­fight­ers may have found hu­man re­mains on Satur­day when they be­gan go­ing through neigh­bour­hoods to count houses and mo­bile homes in­cin­er­ated by the blaze. In an un­recog­nis­able mo­bile home, they found what ap­pears to be a set of hu­man re­mains, but be­cause they were so badly burned foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors will have to de­ter­mine whether they be­longed to a per­son or an­i­mal, Kern County sher­iff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said. The tally of burned homes rose from an ini­tial count of 80. En­tire blocks were re­duced to rub­ble, and at least 2500 homes re­mained threat­ened.

Re­sults of the Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire.

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