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Death toll rises to 32 in deadliest wildfires in California's history

A Cal Fire air taker makes a drop on a wildfire as the pilot protects structures on the Hawkeye Ranch above Geyserville, Thursday Oct. 12, 2017. Thousands of firefighters are battling the blazes and additional manpower and equipment was pouring in from across the country and as far as Australia and Canada. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) ā€” Authorities say they have found another body in Sonoma County, raising the death toll to 32 and making this the deadliest week of wildfires in California history.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano said Friday that 30 detectives continue to work on finding missing people and that his office has more than 200 pending reports of missing people.

Dozens of search and rescue personnel are on site at a mobile home park in Santa Rosa, California, searching for residents who didn't make it out before fire swept through.

Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 people, was one of the hardest-hit communities during the wildfires that ignited Sunday night.

At least 9,000 firefighters from across the state and the country are attacking the flames.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Thompson says officers recovered bone fragments from one person Friday morning. He says there's a "high probability" they'll find more.

Officials believe there may be two or three more bodies in the leveled remains of the mobile home park.

Thompson calls it "very tedious work." A crew of men and women in white suits are standing by.

Fire tore through the Santa Rosa area early Monday, leaving only a short window for people to try to escape from the flames.



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