Death Toll Rises To 31 As Wild Fire Rips Through California

The death toll from the California fire has risen to 31, as one town is completely 'wiped off the map', according to reports.

Authorities in Northern California have said six people died in the town of Paradise, with five bodies being found together in a car.

According to Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea, the fire has left some areas so devastated that it's 'very difficult to determine whether or not there may be human remains there'.

California Wild Fire. Credit: PA
California Wild Fire. Credit: PA

He added: "In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments."

He also said there are 228 people still unaccounted for. Thousands of homes have so far been evacuated as people flee from the fire - including the entire city of Calabasas, an area popular with celebrities such as several members of the Kardashian family.

"This weighs heavy on all of us," Honea said. "Myself and especially those staff members who are out there doing what is important work but certainly difficult work."

This is the deadliest wildfire in Californian history and has over 8,000 firefighters tackling the blaze.

US authorities say around 397 square miles of the state is currently on fire, with strong winds resulting in the fire spreading quickly.

President Donald Trump tweeted on 10 November urging residents to listen to evacuation orders.

He has also blamed 'poor' forest management for the fires.

Meanwhile, former POTUS Barack Obama has took to Twitter to say he and wife Michelle are 'heartbroken'.

Authorities have been forced to call in mobile DNA labs to help identify victims.

Governor Jerry Brown has urged the President to declare a major disaster, which would see an increase in emergency response and more help for residents in days to come.

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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