Search teams scoured the carnage of California’s most destructive ever wildfire Sunday, with the state-wide death toll climbing to 25 as high winds and tinder-dry conditions hampered the effort to save lives. Firefighters took advantage of a brief calm overnight to make headway against the multiple blazes, but conditions were expected to be hellish on Sunday with winds reaching as high as 70 miles (110 kilometers) an hour. The largest inferno — the so-called “Camp Fire” in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Sacramento — has destroyed 6,700 homes, business and other buildings in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.

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