According to local authorities, the number of people missing in northern California’s devastating wildfire has jumped to more than 600, and seven more bodies have been found.
The missing persons’ list has doubled from 300 to 631 on Thursday.
At a news briefing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said this was because investigators had thoroughly cross-checked their information, including emergency calls made since the Camp Fire started on November 8th.
“I want you to understand that the chaos we were dealing with was extraordinary,” Honea said.
The Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest and most destructive blaze, has killed at least 63 people. Nearly 12,000 buildings have been destroyed.
Three more people have also died in the Woolsey Fire, further south.
President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to survey the damage and meet those affected.