>> More than 600 people are missing in the rubble and ash left by California's deadly Camp Fire. Officials raising the figure on Thursday night as firefighters continued to battle the flames, a week after the fire started. Dozens of people have been confirmed dead, making it the most lethal wildfire in California history.
The high death toll blamed on the fire's staggering speed, fueled by dried scrub and trees as it raced through Paradise, a town of 27,000. Photographer Terry Sylvester met with some of the survivors.>> I visited Red Cross evacuation centers in Chico and Oraville. And there are boards outside of them that are plastered with photos and names of many people who may still be missing.
While I was at the evacuation center at the neighborhood church in Chico, Lane and Julie Walker stopped by to scan the list of the missing. They live in McGalia and their house was destroyed by the fire. They said they escaped by taking to back roads in their jeep.
As they looked at the list of missing people, Julie teared up. She said she recognized many names. She said it felt like she was looking at their whole community.>> Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on the utilities company which may have been responsible for starting the blaze. Pacific Gas and Electric says it was experiencing problems with transmission lines in the area around the time the fire broke out.
Things were looking shaky for the company earlier this week after reports that it could be on the hook for as much as $15 billion in liability. Investigators still haven't confirmed the cause of the fire. And although it continues to burn, officials say it's now about 40% contained.