List of Calif. fire missing dwin­dles to 49 on Fri­day

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries / News -

The num­ber of peo­ple listed as missing af­ter North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s cat­a­strophic wild­fire has been whit­tled to 49.

The fig­ure an­nounced Fri­day night by the Butte County Sher­iff’s Of­fice shows au­thor­i­ties have made sig­nif­i­cant progress in ac­count­ing for sur­vivors of the dead­li­est wild­fire in state his­tory.

Two weeks ago, the num­ber of peo­ple listed as un­ac­counted for was 1,300.

The Nov. 8 wild­fire all but lev­eled the town of Par­adise and rav­aged neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Thou­sands were forced to flee, and in the af­ter­math many sur­vivors scat­tered to other towns or cities and did not think to tell au­thor­i­ties or rel­a­tives that they were safe.

Any­one who can’t be reached by a friend or rel­a­tive is put on the list and re­mains there un­til tracked down by au­thor­i­ties.

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