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The Latest: Southern California fire toll at 713 buildings

11:05, Saturday, 17 November, 2018
The Latest: Southern California fire toll at 713 buildings

Authorities have increased the number of homes and other buildings burned by a massive Southern California wildfire.

The figure rose Friday evening to 713 buildings destroyed — many of them homes — and more than 200 damaged, but the tally is continuing.

The death toll still stands at three, including two people found in a car and one in the rubble of an incinerated home.

Firefighters continue to make progress on the week-old blaze that tore through communities west of Los Angeles from Thousand Oaks to Malibu.

More evacuees have been allowed back in their homes, the size of the fire hasn’t increased for several days and the blaze is now 78 percent contained.

Northern California authorities say more than 1,000 people are now on a missing persons list but stressed that it doesn’t mean they are all actually missing.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Friday that a list that he released Thursday of 631 names has now increased to 1,011 names.

He called it “a dynamic list” that will fluctuate up and down and urged the public to consult the list to see if their names are on it and let authorities know if they are OK.

The Latest: Southern California fire toll at 713 buildings
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