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Butte County sheriff releases new list of Camp Fire missing

CHICO — The Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night released a new list of people missing in the Camp Fire.
There are 297 entries on the document, far more than the 130 announced at a news conference in Chico. It also contains people who have already been deemed as being accounted for.
“As of tonight, we currently have 130 people on our unaccounted for list,” said Sheriff Kory Honea.
“Through our ongoing efforts we have been able to locate or determine that over 200 people that we thought were missing or unaccounted for are not. I think that’s a pretty positive number.”

The list was posted to sheriff’s office website following the news conference. NBC News reported that no one was available to discuss why so many more people were listed.
Honea, at the news conference, asked people to check the list.
“If you find your name on that list, please call my office and speak to one of our investigators to advise us that you are safe and well so that we can move on to other cases,” he said.
“If you have reported someone as missing or unaccounted for and you have located them, we also ask you to call and let us know so that we can remove their name from that list.”
The numbers to call are:

530-538-6570
530-538-7544
530-538-7671

Honea said the list will be regularly updated.
“My sincere hope is that over time the list will get shorter and shorter until we’ve been able to account for everybody,” he said.
The fire, which broke out Nov. 8, has killed at least 56 people and destroyed more than 10,000 structures. As of Wednesday night, it had consumed 138,000 acres and was 35 percent contained.


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