Number of missing jumps to more than 1,000 in California fire

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Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea emphasizes that their list of missing is constantly fluctuating and that not everyone on it is presumed dead

1000 MISSING. The number of missing in the California fire jumps from 631 on Thursday, November 15 to 1,011 on Friday. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES, USA – The number of people missing in a devastating wildfire in northern California jumped to more than 1,000 on Friday, November 16, authorities said, as the remains of 8 other victims were found by rescuers.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the number of missing had soared from 631 on Thursday to 1,011 on Friday as more reports of missing were being sent in and as emergency calls made when the fire broke out on November 8 are being reviewed.

The 8 additional victims brings to 71 the number of people who have died in the so-called Camp Fire.

Three other people have died in southern California in a another blaze dubbed the Woolsey fire.

Honea underlined that the list of missing was constantly fluctuating and it did not mean that all those on the list were presumed dead.

“I want you to understand that this is a dynamic list,” he said.

“The information I am providing you is raw data and we find there is the likely possibility that the list contains duplicate names,” he added. – Rappler.com