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California Wild Fire Death Toll Now 76

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A volunteer search and rescue crew from Calaveras County comb through a home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

Five more sets of human remains were discovered in the Camp Fire area in Northern California, raising the death toll to 76, authorities said Saturday.

Of the newly discovered remains, one body was found in Concow, while the other four were located in Paradise, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

A vigil for the victims from Paradise was being planned for Sunday afternoon at a church in Chico, about 14.5 miles west of Paradise.

Sixty-three of the 76 known fatalities from the fire have been “tentatively identified,” Honea said.

The tally of unaccounted-for individuals rose to 1,276, Honea said, while asking the public to check the list to see if their names are on it.

“It’s really very important for you to take a look at the list and call us if you’re on the list and let us know,” Honea said.

More than 700 people who were once on the list have since been accounted for, he said.

President Trump visited the fire-ravaged state Saturday to see firsthand the devastation left behind.

He was accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican California, and U.S. Reps. Doug LaMalfa and Ken Calvert, both Republican California, as well as California Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, both Democrats.

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