Death toll from California’s deadliest fire ever rises to 48

Image: Cal Fire firefighters comb through a house destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise

Search crews found the remains of six more victims of Northern California’s Camp Fire on Tuesday, bringing the death toll from the blaze, already the deadliest in state history, to 48.

The bodies were found in homes in or near Paradise, a town destroyed by the fire, which erupted on Thursday and rapidly became the most destructive ever recorded in California.

Butte County Sheriff-Coroner Kory L. Honea said he had requested 100 National Guard troops to work with crews searching for more victims of the fire, which has burned 130,000 acres and is still just 35 percent contained.

Another blaze in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire, has killed two people near Malibu and burned more than 97,100 acres.

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