Fierce, dry winds were expected to fan the flames of deadly wildfires burning in California on Monday, heightening the risk of fresh blazes from scattered embers as investigators searched for more than 200 people who were unaccounted for in one of the fires.
The so-called Camp Fire, the state’s most destructive blaze on record, had left at least 228 people missing as of early Monday, according to Kory Honea, sheriff of northern California’s Butte County, site of the fire. It and one in the state’s south have killed at least 31 people.
Both fires have been whipped up by hot dry winds expected to continue through Tuesday evening, according to officials.
The Camp Fire, 40 miles north of Sacramento, burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in the town of Paradise, more structures than any other wildfire recorded in California.—Reuters