Fire death toll hits 63; sheriff says hundreds still missing


Tape marks a spot where sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of a Camp Fire victim on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. Thousands of homes were destroyed when flames hit Paradise, a former gold-mining camp popular with retirees, on Nov. 8, killing multiple people in California’s deadliest wildfire. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

At least 63 are now dead from a massive Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says many may be safe, but he’s making the list public so people can let officials know they’re safe.
Meanwhile, hundreds of fire refugees are living in tents and makeshift shelters.
A Walmart parking lot and adjacent field in Chico have been turned into a living space for some of the 52,000 evacuees.
On Thursday, residents heard that efforts are being made to phase out the camp by Sunday.
It’s unclear what will happen to people who don’t leave by then, but a Chico spokeswoman says the city doesn’t plan to kick them out.

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