Twenty-three victims confirmed dead in northern California fire, sheriff says

State News
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PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local):

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Cal Fire reported the fire is at 105,000 acres and 20 percent contained.

More information and a list of evacuations can be found here.

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6:25 p.m. Saturday

The death toll in the wildfire that tore through a Northern California community has risen to 23.

The Butte County Sheriff says investigators discovered 14 additional bodies Saturday, three days after the fire broke out. He says some of the victims were found in cars and in houses.

The fire has become the third-deadliest in California history.

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6:20 p.m. Friday

Authorities say nine people have been confirmed dead in a Northern California wildfire.

Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea said Friday that some people were found inside their cars and others were found outside vehicles. He says he doesn’t have all the details on the circumstances of the deaths.

Sheriff’s officials earlier had reported six deaths.

Authorities say the fire burning around the town of Paradise has become the state’s most destructive since record-keeping began.

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6:15 p.m. Friday

California fire officials say a wildfire in Northern California has destroyed more than 6,500 structures and grown to 140 square miles (362 square kilometers).

Fire officials said Friday the destroyed structures include 6,453 homes and another 260 commercial structures. The fire is burning around the town of Paradise.

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