Death toll rises to 31 in California wildfires

Death toll rises to 31 in California wildfires
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The death toll from the wildfires burning in Northern and Southern California has reached 31, according to media reports.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Camp fire in Butte County, which is north of Sacramento, has left 29 dead, matching the deadliest fire in the history of the state.

Another two people have died from the Woolsey fire, which is near Los Angeles in the southern part of the state. 

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The Times reported that the Camp fire has destroyed 6,435 homes and 260 commercial structures, making it the most destructive fire in recent history in the state. The fire in Southern California has destroyed at least 177 buildings, while about 57,000 further buildings remain threatened, according to the Times.

The Times reported that authorities are struggling to keep up with missing person calls in the areas, and more than 200 people remain missing in the Camp fire areas, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday requested that President Trump declare the fires a major disaster. Brown added that the fires are the "new abnormal" and warned that such disasters will likely only get worse in the future.

"This is not the new normal," Brown said at a press conference. "This is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10, 15, 20 years."

"Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they’re going to intensify," he added.