The Count Of Missing People In California Due To Wildfire Goes Down

The cause of the fire is still being investigated but suspicion has fallen on the utility company PG&E

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After a brief delay to let a downpour pass, volunteers resume their search for human remains at a mobile home park in Paradise, Calif., Nov. 23, 2018. The team is doing a second search because there are missing people whose last address was the mobile home park. VOA

Authorities have once again lowered the number of people thought to be missing in California’s deadliest wildfire to 25.

Butte County Sheriff’s office said the death toll in the Camp Fire remains at 88. The fire completely obliterated the town of Paradise, home to almost 27,000 people about 280 kilometers north of San Francisco.

On Friday, authorities had said the number of missing stood at 49, down from a high of 1,200 two weeks ago.

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A controlled burn ignites pine trees on the “Rough Fire” — which closed camps east of Fresno at Hume Lake as it crossed Highway 180 — in the Sequoia National Forest in California, Aug. 21, 2015. VOA

Authorities lifted evacuation orders for residents of some communities in the Magalia area, north of Paradise. But people are still barred from entering Paradise itself, the sheriff’s department said.

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The cause of the fire is still being investigated but suspicion has fallen on the utility company PG&E, which has admitted having equipment problems near the origin of the fire around the time it started. (VOA)

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