The search for dead in the wildfire-ravaged town of Paradise, Calif., has come to an end.
With the death toll at 88, authorities said they have now looked everywhere they can for identifiable human remains and expect to reopen parts of the town, decimated by the 153,000-acre Camp Fire earlier this month, to survivors by next week.
“I have a high degree of confidence in the searches that were done and I believe that we have done our due diligence,” said Kory Honea, the sheriff of Butte County, where Paradise is located.
As of Wednesday evening, 196 people in the area were still unaccounted for, meaning the number of dead could rise from what is already the deadliest wildfire in California history. Following the deadly wildfires that swept California’s wine country last year, it took investigators between one and two months to locate everyone believed to be missing.
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