The search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes has intensified as authorities posted an expanded list of almost 600 people reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said he believes there are people on the list who fled the blaze and don't realize they were reported missing.
More than 5,000 fire personnel were battling the blaze that started a week ago and has displaced 52,000 people.More news: Sancho rejected Bayern Munich to sign for Borussia Dortmund
More than 75 tents have popped up at the Chico store to house people evacuated from the fire that destroyed the town of Paradise and surrounding area. He urged people to look at the list of those unaccounted for and to let authorities know if they are safe.
Almost 9,000 homes and most of the Paradise was incinerated hours after the blaze erupted, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Investigators on Thursday collected DNA samples from relatives to help identify victims as hundreds of rescue personel and sniffer dogs worked to locate more victims.More news: People Disguised as Bus Try to Cross Vehicles-Only Bridge on Foot
The Camp Fire has destroyed more than 8,650 single family homes and 260 commercial buildings, Cal Fire said.
Pacific Gas & Electric, commonly referred to as PG&E, the utility company in Northern California, may be responsible for the Camp Fire that's now burning Northern California.More news: YouTube VR app is finally here, debuts on Oculus Go