A Northern California sheriff says the death toll from the Camp Fire has risen to 88 and 203 people remain missing.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said nobody else was found dead Monday but that three separate sets of human remains discovered actually contained the remains of more than one person.
Honea said Monday that 203 names remain on the list of those unaccounted for after the Camp Fire swept through the rural area 140 miles north of San Francisco.
The blaze that ignited November 8 destroyed more than 13,000 homes. Officials said the blaze was fully contained Sunday.
Honea said he has no regrets publishing an inaccurate list of people reported missing.
He said Monday that he decided it was better to have as much information made public than ‘work to perfection’ by releasing only the names of residents who were confirmed missing.
A Christmas decoration sits among the burned ruins of a store in Paradise, California on Monday
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue surveys the damage during a tour of Paradise on Monday
A Northern California sheriff says no additional remains were found Monday, but the wildfire’s death toll rose to 88 after investigators determined that three separate sets of human remains contained remains for more than one person. The image above shows a car dealership consumed by flames in Paradise on November 8
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Monday that 203 names remain on the list of those unaccounted for after the Camp Fire swept through the rural area 140 miles north of San Francisco. Vehicles and homes are destroyed by the fire in Paradise on November 8
The blaze that ignited November8 destroyed more than 13,000 homes. Officials said the blaze was fully contained Sunday. Firefighters are seen above trying to save a building on November 8
Any message the department received with the name of someone believed to be missing was added to the list.
He said some on his staff were concerned that releasing the list would cause confusion and an unmanageable influx of calls from concerned loved ones.
Authorities in charge of relief efforts after a wildfire swept California wine country last year didn’t release the names of the missing for those reasons.
Honea says publishing the list led to significant help from the public in locating people.
Meanwhile, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was back in Northern California on Monday to tour wildfire damage and says fire recovery costs will likely be in the billions.
He said he’d rather spend that money on other public services, such as improving visitor experiences at Yosemite National Park or building more boat ramps on public lands.
Zinke said he’s been astonished by the devastation caused by the Camp Fire.
The image above shows a home burning as it is consumed by the Camp Fire in Paradise on November 8
This Jack In The Box fast food restaurant was also destroyed in the Camp Fire in Paradise on November 8
Winds were a major factor in helping the Camp Fire spread quickly. The image above from November 10 shows fire east of Highway 70 near Yankee Hill, California
The image above taken on November 10 shows the Camp Fire as it burns near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California
A flag that reads ‘hot buys’ is displayed on a car at a car dealership that was destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise on November 8
Firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames consume from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia on November 9
Flames consume a home as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise on Thursday, November 8
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined Zinke in visiting the town of Paradise, which was incinerated.
He suggested donating timber from the Plumas National Forest nearby to re-build Paradise.
Two brothers from Chicago who wanted to help drove more than 2,000 miles to deliver hay, grain, dog food and batteries.
Kari Wheeler of Wheeler Ranch and Feed told San Francisco Bay Area television station KTVU that brothers Arek and Danny Zachara arrived at her ranch Friday.
It’s been a volunteer command post for North Valley Animal Disaster Group that’s helped rescue and care for animals affected by the blaze.
Wheeler says the brothers spent a few hours unloading their trailer at her ranch in Briggs. They then drove to nearby Magalia to donate the rest of their gear to a woman and her animals.
Wheeler says people from Idaho, Utah and Oregon also have made donations to help hundreds of affected animals.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has distributed more than $20 million in assistance for people displaced by California’s deadliest wildfire.
Alameda Countty Sheriff Coroner officers search for human remains after the Camp Fire tore through Paradise on November 12
The torched skeleton of a car is seen above at what is left of a gas station near Pulga, California on November 11
Burnt out vehicles are seen on the side of the road in Paradise after fire ripped through the area on November 10
Rescue workers search an area where they discovered suspected human remains in a home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise on November 16
Power lines are seen above resting on cars that were destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 10 in Paradise
The above image shows the smoldering ruins of a business that was wiped out by the fire in Paradise on November 9
Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence in Paradise on November 12
The above images shows an aerial view of four rows of houses that were destroyed by the wildfire
Sheriff’s deputies recover the remains of a victim of the Camp Fire in Paradise on November 10
FEMA spokesman Frank Mansell said Monday that $15.5 million has been spent on housing assistance, including vouchers for hotel rooms.
He says the disaster response is in an early phase but many people will eventually get longer-term housing in trailers or apartments.
FEMA has also distributed $5 million to help with other needs including funeral expenses.
About 17,000 people have registered with the federal disaster agency, which will look at insurance coverage, assets and a variety of other factors to determine how much assistance they are eligible for.