BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that 23 people were killed as a result of the Camp Fire burning in northeastern Butte County.
According to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, 14 additional deaths were reported by deputies Saturday.
On Friday, authorities reported its first causalities at five people then grew to six and then nine Saturday evening.
Honea says out of those 14 additional deaths, four were in Concow, and then 10 were killed in the town of Paradise, seven of those inside homes and three outside homes.
Honea also says sometimes the only way they find deceased individuals are in bone fragments.
“In some cases, the only remains were able to recover are bones or bone fragments,” Honea said.
Authorities are allowing people to give DNA samples if they are reporting a relative missing, to help identify remains that could be that of missing individuals.
The Chico State Anthropology Department is helping law enforcement identify charred remains.
A future briefing by authorities will provide additional information on how relatives can submit DNA.
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