Philippine Daily Inquirer

DEATH TOLL IN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE HITS 77

- —AFP

PARADISE— The toll from the deadliest and most destructiv­e wildfire in California’s history rose further on Sunday to 77, the sheriff’s office said, after a vigil to honor the victims.

“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 individ- uals,” 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.

More than 10,000 homes have been destroyed in the blaze, which has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago, and essentiall­y wiped Paradise off the map.

Thousands fled and many found temporary refuge at churches or in tents.

During his visit Trump trod through ash, flanked by skeletal trees and twisted cars, seemingly shocked by the intensity of what he witnessed.

 ?? —AP ?? HORRIBLE SIGHT US President Donald Trump and California officials tour the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park during the president’s visit of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on Nov. 17.
—AP HORRIBLE SIGHT US President Donald Trump and California officials tour the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park during the president’s visit of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on Nov. 17.

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