Death Toll Could Rise in Central California Wildfire, Authorities Warn

Death Toll Could Rise in Central California Wildfire, Authorities Warn

Emily Fryer, 20, searches for family heirlooms at her boyfriend's leveled home after the Erskine Fire burned through South Lake

A raging central California wildfire that has already killed two people and destroyed 200 structures was still burning Sunday, and “additional fatalities are possible,” authorities said.

After two weeks of battling a number of out-of-control fires in California, Arizona and New Mexico, state and federal crews fires had the upper hand against all but one by Sunday morning — the Erskine Fire in Kern County, north of Los Angeles, which grew from 37,000 acres to 43,360 acres during the day.

Incident commanders said the fire was 40 percent contained Sunday night.

More than 1,700 fire personnel remained Sunday in the area…

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