The number of victims of wildfires in northern California has risen to 36 people. This was reported on Friday by the Associated Press (AP) news agency citing local authorities.
According to AP estimates, California has never had so many deaths in a single series of wildfires. On Thursday, 30 deaths were reported.
According to the latest estimates, at least 5,700 houses and buildings were destroyed by fire. About 90 thousand local residents were forced to evacuate.
Currently, there are 17 hotbeds of fire, about 9 thousand firefighters from about a dozen American states are involved in extinguishing, they are assisted by colleagues from Canada and Australia.
California authorities previously introduced a state of emergency in eight counties in the state. A search is underway for some 400 state residents who have gone missing since the first fires started last weekend.