Northern California’s Camp Fire death toll rises, more than 600 unaccounted for

Search crews found seven more bodies in the area burned by the Camp Fire in Northern California on Thursday, raising the death toll to at least 63 in what was already the deadliest fire in state history.

Three of the bodies were found in Paradise, a town destroyed by the fire in a matter of hours.

Authorities also announced a dramatic increase in the number of people unaccounted for, raising the number to 631 people from 130 the day before.

The Camp Fire has destroyed 11,862 structures, and thousands of people are now living in shelters or tent cities.

More than 140 Camp Fire evacuees at four shelters have been stricken with symptoms of norovirus, and 41 remain ill, according to Butte County Public Health Department.

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