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California wildfires death toll rises to 29

Search-and-rescue teams have started looking for bodies in parts of California devastated by wildfires as the death toll reached 29.

Authorities in Northern California say at least four people were killed by a wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada foothills, around 100 miles north of several blazes in wine country that broke out on Sunday night

Some 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the wildfires, which could become the deadliest and most destructive in the US state’s history.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said officials were still investigating hundreds of reports of missing people and that recovery teams would soon begin conducting “targeted searches” for specific residents at their last-known addresses.

“We have found bodies almost completely intact and we have found bodies that were nothing more than ash and bones,” Mr Giordano said.

Some remains have been identified using medical devices that turned up in the scorched…

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