Natural Disaster
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Rain could hamper search for California fire victims

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 11/21/18, 12:05 pm

Rain is falling Wednesday in fire-scorched areas of Northern California, bringing aid to firefighters but complicating efforts to recover human remains. About 870 people are still unaccounted for after the Camp Fire killed at least 81 and destroyed more than 13,000 homes in the region nearly two weeks ago. Authorities are using rapid DNA testing to identify bone fragments and other remains by matching them to genetic material provided by relatives of the missing. “The task is arduous,” said Rick Crawford with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Starting over

Disasters | Surviving the most destructive fire in California history
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 11/20/18, 01:20 am

Gold paper stars hung from the rafters of the 1932 building in Chico, Calif., as Shawn Shingler gave a toast for his daughter’s wedding.

Nearly every eye in the packed room filled with tears as he described the days since the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history tore through the mountain town of Paradise, burning his home and thousands of others to the ground.

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Search continues for human remains in burned out Northern California

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 11/19/18, 01:25 pm

Hundreds of volunteers are still sifting through ash and debris in fire-ravaged Northern California looking for human remains before expected rains later this week complicate their efforts. Downpours could wash away bone fragments and turn dry ash into a thick paste. The list of people missing from the deadly Camp Fire dropped to around 1,000 names late Sunday, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea. That number is about 300 less than what was posted Sunday morning. Many of the missing may be safe and unharmed but unaware they are on the list.

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