Maui wildfires leave island devastated

Search teams on Monday resumed the painstaking, dangerous task of picking through the ashes of Lahaina for more victims of the Maui wildfires, as officials warned the death toll of 96 - already the highest from any U.S. wildfire in more than a century - will rise in the coming days.

Nearly a week after the fast-moving fire leveled most of the historic resort town, hundreds of people remained unaccounted for. Residents were still unable to return to the site of the fire due to the risks posed by possible hot spots and toxic fumes.


The blaze was the deadliest natural disaster in state history. The toll of 96 is the largest number of deaths from an American wildfire since 1918, when 453 people died in the Cloquet Fire in Minnesota and Wisconsin.


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