28 dead in NorCal wildfires; 430 still missing in Sonoma County

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At least 28 people have been killed in more than 16 wildfires that continue to burn across Northern California.

The death toll in Yuba County’s Cascade Fire rose Thursday when the sheriff announced two more deaths related to the fire, bringing the total there to four.

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The Yuba County sheriff said the department is investigating another case of a possible death related to the fire. More than 100 missing persons reports were filed in the county, and only one person is still considered missing, as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the sheriff said.

Two more people were reported dead in Mendocino County during an California Office of Emergency Services news conference Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths in that county to eight related to the Redwood/Potter Fire.

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Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano reported earlier in the morning that another person was found dead in Sonoma County, bringing the total number of deaths there to 14. Thirteen of those were confirmed dead in the Tubbs Fire.

Giordano also said his department has received 900 missing persons reports, with 463 still outstanding. There are at least 30 detectives working the missing persons cases.

“Make no mistake: This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event,” Pimlott said.

Two people were killed in the Atlas Fire, which is burning in Napa and Solano counties.

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