Camp Fire death toll grows to 76 with nearly 1,300 reported missing

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The death toll in the destructive Camp Fire has jumped to 76 after the remains of five additional victims were discovered Saturday, officials said during a press conference.

Detectives have tentatively identified the remains of 63 victims and are notifying next of kin. 

Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea publicly identified a sixth victim Saturday as Lolene Rios, 56, of Paradise. 

Honea says emergency responders have made progress in finding people who had been reported missing in the wildfires but the list of those unaccounted for is at 1,276. 

He pleaded with the public to check the list to see if they are on it. Anyone who is safe should call the sheriff’s office immediately. 

Honea says the list is growing because authorities continue to cull names from phone calls, emails, and reports that came in in the early hours of the wildfire that started Nov. 8.

Crews battling the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century are bracing for strong winds, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, creating the potential to erode gains they have made in containing a disaster that has killed at least 76 and leveled a town, the Associated Press reports. 

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