California officials have raised the number of homes and structures destroyed in this month's wildfires to nearly 7,000 and said Thursday that the number will likely climb as crews continue assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people.
The estimate of homes and structures burned was boosted to 6,900 from 5,700 as fire crews returned to hard-hit neighborhoods and assessed remote and rural areas they could not get to earlier, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman with Cal Fire.
He said most of the newly counted destroyed buildings burned on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 -- when the wildfires broke out in Northern California's wine country and other nearby areas.
"The estimates are in structures and are mostly homes, but also includes commercial structures and outbuildings like barns and sheds," Berlant said.
Twenty-two of the 42 deaths in California's October fires happened in a Sonoma County wildfire, making it the third deadliest in California history. A 1993 Los Angeles fire that killed 29 people was the deadliest, followed by a 1991 fire in the East Bay Hills that killed 25.