California wildfires: Death toll rises to 65, searches underway for 630 missing people #auspol More Here;

Authorities release a list of 630 people who are still unaccounted after the deadliest wildfires in California’s history, which have destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and almost completely incinerated the town of Paradise.

At least 63 people have been confirmed dead following the Camp Fire, which erupted a week ago in the drought-parched Sierra foothills, 280 kilometres north of San Francisco.

Authorities attributed the high death toll in part to the staggering speed with which the wind-driven flames, fuelled by desiccated scrub and trees, raced through Paradise, a town of 27,000 residents.

Two more people were killed during the Woolsey Fire, which also destroyed more than 400 structures and displaced about 200,000 people in the mountains and foothills near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles.

Source: California wildfires: Death toll rises to 65, searches underway for 630 missing people – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)