Camp Fire death toll increases to 83 as 2 more bodies found


The Camp Fire death toll has increased to 83 on Wednesday night, Butte County sheriff’s deputies said.

Two more bodies were found on Wednesday.

The Butte County wildfire that began two weeks ago has scorched an area roughly the size of Chicago, burned down more than 13,000 homes and killed at least 83 people, with the number increasing daily.

Hundreds of people are unaccounted for — a list that’s constantly changing and has spread confusion about the ultimate number of victims.

The wildfire has charred 153,000 acres and is 85 percent contained as of Wednesday night.

Rain falling Wednesday in some areas of Northern California could help crews fighting a deadly wildfire. But it could also raise the risk of flash floods, complicate efforts to recover remains and make life even more difficult for people like Sheppard who have nowhere to go.

Heavier rain is expected later in the day in the Paradise burn area, which is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of San Francisco, where the Camp Fire has killed at least 81 people and destroyed more than 13,000 homes.

More than 560 people remain missing.

The fire is expected to be contained by Nov. 30.

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