The 41 confirmed fatalities make the fires California’s deadliest on record, surpassing the 29 deaths from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.
Even as rescue crews made enough progress for authorities to begin contemplating re-population of some evacuated areas, they were bracing for another onslaught of hot, dry winds that could fan the fires.
The death toll climbs to 29 and hundreds of people are still listed as missing four days after wildfires ignited and zipped through northern California.
Officials say more than 8,000 firefighters facing resurgent winds and dry conditions are battling to halt the advance of the blazes. The fires have burned through a staggering 686 sq km of urban and rural areas.
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