Death toll in raging North Bay wildfires grow to 23, 285 missing

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Officials confirmed the death toll in the raging North Bay wildfires has grown to 23, and crews are working to find at least 285 people who have been reported missing in Sonoma County. (KGO-TV)

Officials confirmed the death toll in the raging North Bay wildfires has grown to 23, and crews are working to find at least 285 people who have been reported missing in Sonoma County.

There were originally 600 reports of missing people, but officials said that 315 were located safely. The numbers had been inconsistent as authorities try to get confirmation.

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Sheriff's deputies and detectives have made house searches in cold areas, but are not entering hot areas to sift through debris, Giordano said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Crum said a team of 30 detectives are making cursory searches of some homes.

Sonoma County is receiving help from many law enforcement and fire agencies, Giordano said.

At least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed in the devastating fires.

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The number of people who have died in the Tubbs Fire that started Sunday night in Calistoga remains at 11, Giordano said. The fire had burned 28,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.

Giordano said sheriff's officials are trying to upgrade the Nixle notification system to reach landline phone numbers in a particular area.

He also said deputies have stopped escorting people into evacuation areas to retrieve medications.

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ABC7 News contributed to this story.

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