California wildfire missing list rises to 870

The additional 171 names came from a backlog of voicemails

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 file photo, firefighters battle the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif. Rain in the forecast starting Wednesday, Nov. 21, could aid crews fighting Northern California's deadly wildfire while raising the risk of debris flows and complicating efforts to recover remains. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch Wednesday for the decimated town of Paradise and nearby communities. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

A California sheriff says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has increased to 870.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says the additional 171 names came from a backlog of voicemails that detectives worked through Tuesday.

Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing.

Mr Honea says two more sets of human remains were found on Tuesday, bringing the total number killed in a devastating California wildfire to 81.

The blaze that started on November 8 levelled Paradise, destroying more than 13,000 homes.


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Dozens of people who lost their homes in a deadly Northern California wildfire remain at a makeshift camp next to a Walmart in the city of Chico days after they were asked to go to a shelter.

Dozens of tents could be seen in a photo posted on Tuesday on Twitter by a Sacramento Bee reporter.

Evacuees camping on the sprawling car park were asked to leave before rain arrives in the area on Wednesday.

But some said they preferred to stay in tents because shelters would not accept them with their pets.

A note posted at the makeshift shelter says  a shuttle will be available on Tuesday afternoon to transport people and their pets to the Gridley Fairgrounds Shelter.