Rain Could Hinder Search For Victims Of Camp Fire

Fire crews have made significant gains on containing the Camp Fire, now at 66%, but there’s more bad news than good. There are 77 confirmed deaths. The 151,000 acre fire that started November 8th has consumed 11,713 houses, 277 multiple family homes and 472 businesses. Hundreds more have been damaged. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Sunday night the list of names of those unaccounted for has dropped to around 1,000. That’s about 300 less than what was posted at the start of the day. Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing. Crews searching for remains of people are stepping up their efforts ahead of rains forecast for later this week that could complicate their work. A team of 10 volunteers along with a cadaver dog were examining burned houses Sunday in a Paradise neighborhood looking for victims. They’re focusing on vehicles, bathtubs and mattress springs that would indicate a charred bed. Rain would help suppress the fire but could also complicate the search and recovery effort. Officials say ash that is now dry and easy to dust off would turn into paste, making it harder to uncover remains. Around 52,000 people have evacuated their homes as a result of the Camp Fire.

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