WASHINGTON – Two more bodies have been found in the area devastated two weeks ago by the largest active fire in California, bringing the death toll to 83, local authorities said on Wednesday.
The number of missing in what is known as “Camp Fire” dropped to 563, 136 fewer than the number counted on Tuesday and almost half the figure posted earlier this week, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Firefighters have controlled 85% of the fire, which has burned 62,052 hectares and is the most catastrophic in terms of fatalities in the history of the state.
The fire broke out on Nov. 8 and in a few hours destroyed the town of Paradise, which had a population of 26,000.
The flames destroyed around 13,500 households and about 500 shops, and still threaten another 5,100 buildings.
US President Donald Trump, who visited the affected area on Saturday, urged Congress on Tuesday to take measures that “improve forest management and help prevent wildfires” which, according to the president, “can stop the devastation constantly going on in California.”