More than 1,000 people are listed as missing in the wake of the Northern California wildfire known as the Camp Fire, authorities say. It’s a number that has ballooned rapidly and is expected to continue to fluctuate. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office had said on Thursday evening there were 631 people unaccounted for.
However, that number may include people who escaped to safety and do not realize they are being searched for.
The death toll also rose after eight sets of remains were discovered on Friday. At least 71 people have died in the fire, which has burned through more than 220 square miles of land and consumed the town of Paradise.
The fire is the deadliest, and the most destructive, in California history. Nearly 10,000 homes have been destroyed.