Death toll rises to 23 in California wildfire

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A structure is seen engulfed in flames during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

PARADISE (Reuters) – The charred remains of 14 more people have been found in and around a Northern California town overrun by flames from a massive wildfire, officials said on Saturday, raising the death toll to at least 23.

The bodies were recovered in and around Paradise, a mountain community some 145 km north of Sacramento that has been left devastated by the Camp Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Maclean said.

The Camp Fire burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in Paradise, more structures than any other California wildfire on record, and the death toll, which could still rise, also makes it one of the deadliest.

Several of the bodies discovered earlier this week were found in or near burned out cars, police have said.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Camp Fire had blackened more than 100,000 acres (at the edge of the Plumas National Forest.

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