California wildfire death toll rises to 36

 14 Oct 2017 - 9:17

California wildfire death toll rises to 36
The Pocket wildfire burns in the hills above Geyserville, California, U.S., October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart.


Washington: California fire officials have confirmed that the death toll from wildfires raging across the state has risen to 36, authorities said.

According to the BBC reports, at least 36 dead and 3,500 buildings destroyed, mark the greatest loss of life from a single fire event on record in California, surpassing the 29 deaths from the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.

California fire chief Ken Pimlott said more than 9,000 firefighters were battling 17 large fires which have consumed a total of 221,754 acres (89,700 hectares).

Fires have ravaged Northern California's wine country since Sunday night, It is not yet clear what started the fires, but officials say power lines blown over by strong winds could be the cause.