California_ The number of deaths due to forest fires that have devastated since November 8 the state of California, United States (US), rose to 79, the Cuban News Agency publishes.

According to Telesur, the report issued by the local Department of Forest Protection and Fire Fighting, at 7:00 pm on Monday, stated that there are 699 missing persons.

The fire, now 70 percent contained, burned an area of ​​612 square kilometers, destroyed some 12,000 homes and almost 9,000 structures.

There are at least 145 persons affected by norovirus, a gastrointestinal disease declared in four shelters.

The firefighters hope to have the fire fully controlled for next November 30, more than three weeks after the fire named Camp Fire was declared.

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