Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate mountainous area | Reuters
WASHINGTON - 17 November 2018: Up to 71 persons were killed from a Northern California wildfire with more than 1,000 reported missing in the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, said Sky News on Saturday.
The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and don't realize they've been reported missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. He said he's making the list public so people can see if they are on it and let authorities know they survived.
"The chaos that we were dealing with was extraordinary," Honea said of the early crisis hours last week. "Now we're trying to go back out and make sure that we're accounting for everyone."
Some 52,000 people have been displaced to shelters, the homes of friends and relatives, to motels - and to a Walmart parking lot and an adjacent field in Chico, a dozen miles away from the ashes.
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