The death toll rose after five bodies were found inside houses in the burned-out town of Paradise, while another was discovered in a nearby car.
But 228 people are still unaccounted for after the town was engulfed by the flames, meaning that death toll could rise considerably.
Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea said the devastation is so complete in some neighborhoods that ‘it’s very difficult to determine whether or not there may be human remains there’.
‘In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments,’ Honea said.
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Butte County Sheriff Cory Honea revealed another 228 people are unaccounted for, adding that finding their remains is proving difficult, as many bodies have been reduced to little more than bone fragments
Those living in Paradise were ordered to flee their homes as the fire closed in, but found themselves trapped on roads that were not designed to carry that weight of traffic (pictured, burned-out cars near the town)