Updated Nov 14, 2018 - Energy & Environment

California Camp Fire death toll rises to 56

The Camp Fire east of Highway 70 near Yankee Hill, Calif. Photo: Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Authorities said the death toll in California's Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in the state's history, rose to 56 on Wednesday. 130 people are missing.

Our thought bubble: The fire has destroyed much of the town of Paradise, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, and the death toll is likely to rise further. Already an all-time state record, it raises questions about how to warn people of a new type of fast-moving, rapidly spreading wildfire of the sort California and other areas are seeing more of as climate change, land use, and population growth combine to raise risk.

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