The death toll in the largest wildfire in California history has risen to 48 as the remains of six additional people were found.
The human remains – which were found in Paradise, Butte County – were located in homes, Sheriff Kory Honea said at a news conference Tuesday. More than 130,000 acres of land are still burning in Butte County as officials said nearly 6,000 firefighting personnel continue to assist in the area, where 35 percent of the fire was contained.
In Paradise, a town with a population of 27,000, roughly 7,700 homes have been destroyed by the inferno.
The dozens dead have so far been found in their homes, in burned-out cars, or next to their vehicles. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner’s investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them.
Before the Paradise tragedy, the deadliest single fire on record in California was a 1933 blaze in Griffith Park in Los Angeles that killed 29.
Meanwhile, in Southern California firefighters made progress against the massive Woolsey Fire that has left two people dead in Malibu and destroyed more than 400 structures. As of 6 p.m. local time, California fire officials said more than 97,000 acres of land had burned with 40 percent of it contained.
Gov. Jerry Brown said California is “pretty well maxed out” from fighting several deadly wildfires, and he expressed gratitude for help from surrounding states and the federal government. He said the state is doing everything possible to prevent fires, but “some things only God can do.”
But according to conservative followers of Fox News, this is all God’s plan.
One Facebook user said, “burn baby burn. … no sympathy for condescending liberal policies that provided these conditions. . . so burn. . . who cares. . .? not me”
Another said, “God is angry at the liberals. Repent before it is too late. Praise God in Heaven in all things!”
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