Nov 17, 2018 – Eight more bodies were found in the deadliest wildfire in California history, bringing the death toll to 71, officials announced Friday evening.
The number of people unaccounted for also increased to 1,000, according to a local sheriff’s office.
The blaze, named the Camp Fire after the road that it started on in the Northern California county of Butte, entered its eighth day on Friday.
The fire had burned 142,000 acres in the area by Friday morning and was 45 percent contained, fire officials said.
The flames swept through Butte County — about 95 miles north of Sacramento — starting on Nov. 8, reducing the town of Paradise to ashes and trapping many residents who were attempting to flee in their cars.
It was not immediately known where the eight additional bodies were found on Friday evening.
Effects of the inferno were felt hundreds of miles away on Friday in California’s Bay Area, with the air quality in Oakland and San Francisco deteriorating because of the smoke.
Both cities recorded the worst Air Quality Index measurements in the 20 years that they have been keeping track of the number.
Areas closer to the flames recorded the worst air quality numbers in the world, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index.
The agency assigns numbered scores based on how harmful prolonged air exposure would be, with levels between 201 and 300 deemed “very unhealthy.”
Levels in towns Oroville and Chico were around 500 on Friday, according to unofficial readings by the private air-quality-tracking company Purple Air.