The number of people declared missing in one of California's catastrophic wildfires has more than doubled to 631, as the struggle continues to contain one of the biggest blazes the U.S. state has ever known.
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. It is both the deadliest and most destructive fire in the western U.S. state's history - more than doubling the death toll of a 1933 blaze in Los Angeles County that killed 29.
The Woolsey Fire that destroyed nearby homes of the likes of Gerard Butler and Miley Cyrus is just one of five main blazes which have ripped through the Golden State this month, and remained burning as of Friday morning.
A few Northern California communities are moving to install sirens after some wine country residents complained they didn't receive warnings to evacuate ahead of a deadly wildfire in October 2017 that destroyed 5,300 homes.
It is now 40 percent contained, fire officials said.
The fire is now 40 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) reported.
Searching has intensified in the town of Paradise in northern California which was completely obliterated in the recent wildfires.
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The fires have destroyed thousands of homes, including several exclusive residences in Malibu, where many celebrities live. Two electric utilities have said they experienced equipment problems close to the origins of the blazes around the time they were reported.
The death toll also rose to 63 after the remains of seven more people were found.
Sheriff Honea said the list may contain people who do not know they are considered lost.
Honea said that while recovery efforts remain hard, increased resources have helped "bring more order to the chaos that we're dealing with". One body in Paradise was found in a vehicle that had been flipped on its side.
At the other end of the state, meanwhile, more residents were being allowed back into the zone of a wildfire that torched an area the size of Denver west of Los Angeles.
The blaze destroyed almost 8,800 homes in the former gold mining settlement.