Update October 16, 2017: The death toll is now at least 41, following death of a water truck driver.
By Miriam Raftery, East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts
Photo, left: Courtesy of Cal Fire
October 12, 2017 (San Diego)—The complex of nearly two dozen firestorms raging across northern California have now collectively surpassed in deadliness the 2003 Cedar Fire, which killed 16 people in San Diego County.
At least 31 people are now confirmed dead across northern California and the toll will likely climb higher, with hundreds of people still missing and dozens of official searchers combing the rubble of burned homes and businesses with dog teams, searching for bodies.