At least 3 dead, several critically injured as massive wildfire sweeps through northern California

The remains of three people were discovered north of Sacramento near the site of a large-scale wildfire, which has left several others seriously injured as rescuers search for 12 missing persons amid the blaze.

Two of the deceased victims were discovered in one location, while the third was found separately, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said, noting they had not yet been identified.

Out of 85 missing persons reports filed in relation to the fire, 12 have not yet been located, he added.Several others were severely wounded after being trapped overnight in the inferno, dubbed the ‘Bear Fire,’ according to CalFire Battalion Chief Sean Norman.

“We were rescuing people most of the night. We had several critical burn injuries of civilians we were able to rescue and bring into the fire station and then get them off the hill,” the fire chief said.

“Hundreds” of homes and other structures have been damaged or destroyed by the conflagration, which is part of the ‘North Complex’ fire ignited by lightning in August, fire officials told reporters on Wednesday evening. It recently reignited near Butte County during high winds, putting thousands of other buildings at risk as the fire continues to sweep the area.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties, while a number of evacuation centers were established for thousands of residents fleeing the blaze.

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