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California wildfires: Death toll climbs to 31, hundreds still missing

Reported by: AP Sonoma (California) 13 Oct 2017, 10:40:40 AM IST

Northern California's wildfires have now killed 31 people - making this the deadliest week of wildfires in state history.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said on Thursday night that two more people have been confirmed dead there. That raises the statewide death total from 29 to 31.

The Oakland Hills fire of 1991 killed 29 people by itself.

While no one fire currently burning has killed that many, collectively this is the deadliest series of simultaneous fires in the state since records have been kept.

The blazes, most of them in wine country, broke out almost all at once on Sunday night.