California Wildfire Growing Deadlier

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California's deadliest current wildfire is getting larger, officials warn, despite thousands of firefighters battling it.

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The fire has claimed six lives, including a firefighter and bulldozer operator working to extinguish the blaze.

Sixteen people had been reported missing, but nine of those have been found safe, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, who spoke at a Sunday news conference.

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The fire, which started a week ago, is only 17 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.

The blaze doubled in size Saturday. Flames have destroyed at least 874 structures in the area, Cal Fire said.

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