Death toll from Northern California wildfire back down to 85

Posted at 8:56 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 21:56:41-04

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The number of those who died in California's deadliest wildfire is back down to 85 after authorities determined that a bone fragment previously classified as unidentified belongs to a victim named in January.

The Butte County Sheriff's office said Wednesday that the number of unidentified victims from the November 2018 Camp Fire now stands at one.

The fast-moving fire destroyed 14,000 homes, most of them in the town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The office said a bone fragment found among the remains of Robert Quinn appeared too small to be his, and officials thought it belonged to someone else. But anthropologists determined that the piece had shrunk in the fire.

Investigators blamed the fire on faulty equipment owned by the San Francisco-based utility Pacific Gas & Electric.