This is all that's left of fire-ravaged California town


As the death toll from the Camp Fire rose to 63 people, rescue workers searching for human remains in the wreckage hope hundreds of people who are still unaccounted for after the blaze are still alive.

The deadliest wildfires in California's history have killed at least 65 people and more than 600 are still missing as authorities continue to search for victims.

TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports from California.

Almost 9000 homes and other buildings, including most of the town, were incinerated last Thursday night, hours after the blaze erupted, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Thousands of buildings are still threatened by the blaze and as about 50,000 people remained under evacuation orders. An army of firefighters, many from distant states, were still trying to contain and suppress the flames.

The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and didn't realise they had been reported missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

Sheriff Kory Honea said almost 300 people initially reported as missing had been found alive, and the list would keep fluctuating as people were found safe or identified among the dead. It was 40 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.

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In the aftermath of the disaster, survivors said authorities need to devise a plan to reach residents who can't get a cellphone signal in the hilly terrain or don't have cellphones at all.

A list of those missing in Butte County grew overnight, many of them elderly.

Nicole and Eric Montague, along with their 16-year-old daughter, showed up for free food but have been living with extended family in the neighboring city of Chico, in a one-bedroom apartment filled with 15 people and nine dogs.

In a post on Twitter, she says her family has "found our answer" and asks for prayers as they get through this "very hard time".

"I want you to understand that the chaos we were dealing with was extraordinary" when the fire started, he told journalists, in explaining the staggering new number.

"I called him and said, 'Honey, I'm not going to make it. I've been holding it together for her", he said, gesturing toward his wife.