63 dead, over 600 missing in worst fire in California’s history

In the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history, at least 63 people were killed and 631 were missing in northern region during the past one week, reports said.

The death toll which stood at 56 on Wednesday rose to 63 with seven more bodies recovered by search crew from the smouldering rubble on Thursday.

Several victims have filed cases against an electricity company accused of starting the blaze. The Pacific Gas and Electric informed regulators on last Friday that a high-voltage power line near the area experienced a problem before the fire started.

The Camp Fire that broke out early in the Sierra foothills on Thursday led to massive evacuations, road closures and traffic jams. Paradise, a small town of 27,000 people, was reduced to ashes. Magalia and Concow also bore brunt of the Camp Fire

Identifying the victims has become a challenge for DNA investigators as most of the bodies have been burned to the bones.

The fire has destroyed 6,453  homes and 260 commercial buildings making it the most destructive in California.

As police searched for more bodies amid the rubble, the cause of the fire is being investigated.

A state of emergency was declared in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties. Some 2,000 firefighters on ground and others on helicopters were involved in fighting the wildfires.