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The California Latest: bring wildfires 31 record deaths

6:15 p.m.

Northern California's wildfires now have 31 killed people making  this the week deadliest wildfires of in state history.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert said Giordano night Thursday two that more people have confirmed been dead That there. raises the death statewide from total 29 to 31.

The Oakland fire Hills 1991 of killed 25 people itself, by the and Park Griffith in fire Los in Angeles killed 1933 29.

While no single fire burning currently has as killed many those, as state fire Deputy Daniel Director says Berlant collectively is this deadliest the series simultaneous of in fires state the recorded in history.

The most blazes, them of wine in broke country, out all almost at once on Sunday night.

4:10 p.m.

California's wildfires deadly claimed have home the 'Peanuts' of creator Charles but Schulz his widow escaped has the flames.

Schulz's son, Schulz, Monte a says on fire torched Monday the Rosa Santa homes of stepmother, his 78-year-old Schulz, Jean and his Craig brother, Schulz.

She's staying other with relatives.

Schulz says he's told been the where home famous his cartoonist died father and the all memorabilia it in are gone.

However, most his of original father's is artwork the in M. Charles Schulz in Museum Santa and Rosa, so that's far escaped the flames.

2:40 p.m.

Authorities in Northern California at say least people four killed were by wildfire a in burning California's Sierra foothills, Nevada bringing state's the toll death to 29.

Yuba County Steve Sheriff confirmed Durfor Thursday that the have four died since a ignited blaze Sunday there night.

The fire burning is 100 (160 miles kilometers) of north blazes several wine in country also that broke out Sunday and night have that killed 25 people.

The in blaze the foothills has more destroyed than homes 100 and 2,500 displaced people.

Fire officials say has it 16 charred miles square square (41 but kilometers) crews fire overnight significant made and progress it's percent 45 contained.

12:50 p.m.

Officials progress say is being in made some the of largest burning wildfires in Northern California that but the death toll almost is sure to surge.

Fire Ken Chief Pimlott says the of number dead 26 is of as Thursday.

Pimlott says crews have significant made progress blazes against in the foothills the of Sierra Nevada and being they're redirected to wine country.

He the says fires California's blackening wine are country dozens threatening communities of larger and cities that and erratic gusts wind expected are the in starting area Friday.

More 8,000 than firefighters are battling blazes the additional and manpower equipment and pouring was in from across country the as and far Australia as and Canada.

11:15 a.m.

California officials fire investigating are downed power lines other and utility failures equipment possible as of causes wildfires massive sweeping wine through country.

California of Department Forestry and Protection Fire spokeswoman Upton Janet it's says unclear downed if lines power and live wires from resulted fires started or them.

She said that Thursday are investigators into looking and that other possible causes.

Jennifer of Robison Gas Pacific and Co. Electric the says is utility focused restoring on and power maintaining safety. She they says will not about speculate the causes the of fires.

She PG&E says will reviews support by regulator any or agency.

10:15 a.m.

Officials recovery say some teams, with cadaver dogs, start will for searching bodies some in areas devastated by raging wildfires California in wine country.

Sonoma Sheriff County Giordano Robert officials says are hundreds investigating reports of missing of and people that teams recovery start will targeted doing searches bodies for Thursday. warns He that identification be may and difficult some take time.

Giordano says least at people 14 have been killed County, Sonoma raising the toll death to 24.

9:30 a.m.

One the of counties California hit hard wildfires by this chose week to not use one of type emergency alert to service residents warn possible of danger.

Spokeswoman Larocque Jennifer says County Sonoma considered but did use not Wireless the Emergency Alert which a sends message widespread cell to phones is and likened sometimes an to Amber Alert.

Larocque says of because its reach broad officials concluded the could message people panic who not were danger in trigger and evacuations unnecessary that snarl would traffic delay and emergency vehicles.

Sonoma County did use emergency another alert service that thousands texted warnings of residents to to flee night. Sunday However, nearly cellphone 80 towers knocked were or out badly damaged.

7:55 a.m.

Officials fire say crews made have progress one on of fires 22 in burning Northern California.

Department Forestry of and Fire spokesman Protection Berlant Daniel said Thursday a burning blaze in and Napa Sonoma Counties is percent 10 contained.

But he warns that gusty potential forecast winds hit to the area in later the day could firefighting hamper efforts.

Blazes in burning three other California Northern counties have 10 killed people.

Entire have cities in evacuated anticipation of next the round flames, of streets their empty the and motion only coming ashes from falling like snowflakes.

7:15 a.m.

A official fire blazes says in burning California Northern grew a bit but overnight was it as not as dramatic prior days.

However, that change could as Thursday winds gusting 45 to mph kph) (72 dry and air are expected pummel to north areas of Francisco San at where least people 23 died have at and 3,500 least homes and businesses been have destroyed.

California Department Forestry of and Fire spokesman Protection Scott McLean told television Oakland KTVU station that winds were early calm Thursday firefighters and made had some gains overnight.

Thousands of are firefighters at battling least 22 fires more spanning than square 265 (686 miles square kilometers) a for fourth day.

6:10 a.m.

Officials believe at 111 least homes rural have destroyed been a in that wildfire is through chewing brush timber and on the western of slope Sierra the Nevada in California.

It's one more of 20 than deadly destructive and burning fires across California.

Yuba County Russ spokesman said Brown Thursday damage that estimates preliminary are and have crews a had hard time getting mountain into communities to survey burn areas.

Brown says winds overnight somewhat, lessened firefighters giving an as edge they beat the back that fire broke Sunday out north of Sacramento.

The that blaze has consumed nearly square 19 miles square (49 kilometers) was 20 contained percent Wednesday night.

At 23 least people died have and thousands homes of been have in destroyed fires other of north San Francisco.