'Absolutely Devastating': CA Sheriff Gives Update on Deadly Wildfire
At least 29 dead, more than 200 unaccounted for.
Butte County, California, Sheriff Kory Honea called in to "Outnumbered Overtime" on Monday to discuss the "absolutely devastating" wildfire that killed 29 people and displaced tens of thousands of residents.
The Northern California blaze -- known as the "Camp Fire" -- now matches the deadliest fire on record in California history.
Devastating images of Paradise, a town of roughly 27,000 residents incorporated into Butte County, depicted destroyed homes and roads dotted with charred vehicles.
More than 6,400 residences were destroyed in the fire that stands at 25 percent containment, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
"The entire town has been evacuated," Honea said, noting that more than 200 people are still unaccounted for in Paradise and the surrounding areas.
He urged anyone who may be on that list to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office, so they can help connect people and update who is still unaccounted for.
Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify victims. Honea said the county consulted anthropologists from California State University at Chico because, in some cases, investigators have been able to recover only bones and bone fragments.
The devastation was so complete in some neighborhoods that "it's very difficult to determine whether or not there may be human remains there," Honea said.
Honea said that weather conditions -- including strong winds -- have not been conducive to containing and putting out the blaze, but the weather was better earlier on Monday.
"I understand that we have some significant winds coming on later on. And that can really drive that fire and result in it moving very, very rapidly."
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interview above.