In International - Reports October 13, 2017
The death toll from forest fires in northern California rose to 31, the largest death toll in the history of US state-owned fires, and hundreds were reported missing, local authorities said Thursday.
The previous record was recorded in 1933, when a forest fire in Los Angeles killed 29 people.
There are no signs of slowing forest fires, which have become the deadliest in California's history.
Fixed winds of up to 30 mph and storms up to 45 mph with low humidity near zero, helped in continuing fires, which also led to the destruction of more than 3,500 homes and businesses.
"It will continue to get worse before it gets better," State Fire Department chief Ken Bimlott said on Wednesday.
Entire regions have been transformed into ghost towns after their evacuation, including the town of Kallistoga, a wine-rich resort with more than 5,000 people.