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

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

At least 63 are now dead from a massive Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing. The blaze has spread across more than 150 square miles, making it one of the most destructive in the state's history.

TRT World's Ediz Tiyansan reports from California. He was helping to contain the Woolsey Fire in Southern California.

The town of 27,000 residents has been completely destroyed and all that is left is an expanse of smouldering ruins, twisted wreckage and debris.

One week after the fire started, firefighters reported progress in battling the 141,000-acre blaze that has displaced 52,000 people.

Most of the town - almost 12,000 homes and buildings - has been destroyed, and an army of firefighters, many from other states, joined the struggle to contain and suppress the flames.

The revised list of 630 people whose whereabouts and fate remained unknown is more than double the 297 listed earlier in the day by the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Honea said that while recovery efforts remain hard, increased resources have helped "bring more order to the chaos that we're dealing with".

South Kitsap Fire officials said his injuries are not life-threatening.

The fire is now 40 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) reported.

California authorities collected DNA samples from relatives on Thursday to help identify victims of the western U.S. state's deadliest-ever wildfire.

The death toll also rose to 63 after the remains of seven more people were found. "Each trip I say 'this is the worst fire I have seen, ' and now we're here today, and I'll say 'this is the worst fire that I have seen'".

Last weekend the US President blamed "gross mismanagement" of the forests for the fires, and threatened to withhold federal payments.

"The fact that we have thousands and thousands of people in shelters would clearly indicate that we were able to notify a significant number of people", the sheriff said. Scientists largely attribute the devastating blazes to climate change which has caused a prolonged drought in the state.

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