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Maui wildfire death toll rises to 93, making it the deadliest in modern US history 

Officials updated the death toll to 93 lives lost in the Maui wildfire, making it the deadliest wildfire in modern United States history.

Maui County officials announced in an update Saturday that the death toll climbed to 93, surpassing the total killed during the 2018 Camp Fire in northern California, which left 85 dead.

Only two of the victims of the Maui wildfire have been identified so far.

Officials said that fire crews were continuing to battle flare ups in Lahaina Town and Upcountry Maui. In Upcountry Maui, which is in south Maui’s Kihei area and located in the mountainous inland communities, officials said three structures in Olinda and 16 structures in Kula were destroyed.

This comes after the historic town of Lahaina on Maui was devastated by the wildfire that tore through the island last week. At least 271 structures were left damaged or destroyed due to the wildfire. The Associated Press reported that the fire likely consumed most of Front Street, home to restaurants, stores and other businesses.

Hawaii’s attorney general opened a probe into the response to the wildfires, saying her office will conduct a “comprehensive review” of the “critical decision-making and standing policies” before, during and after the fires.

Maui Mayor Richard Bissen compared the destruction of the island to a “war zone” last week, after surveying the damage in Lahaina with state officials.

“The closest thing I can compare it to is perhaps a war zone or maybe a bomb went off. It was cars in the street, doors open, you know, melted to the ground. Most structures no longer exist,” Bissen said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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