Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire


While predicted downpours have been expected to help temper the blazes that have killed 77 people so far, according to The Associated Press, they could also complicate the search for almost 1,300 people who have been named on a list of residents who have yet to be accounted for.

Gusts of up to 50mph were threatening efforts to control the Camp blaze, which is still only 55% contained 10 days after it brought devastation to northern California.

Hundreds of crews and volunteers were searching the ash and rubble where homes stood before flames engulfed the Sierra foothills town of Paradise and surrounding communities, killing at least 77 people in the deadliest USA wildfire in a century.

While the predicted downpours could help tamp down blazes that have killed 77 people so far, they also could wash away telltale fragments of bone, or turn loose, dry ash into a thick paste that would frustrate the search. That's up from 60 percent Sunday morning and represents a slight increase from the 65 percent containment reported Sunday night.

A team of 10 volunteers went from burned house to burned house Sunday in the devastated town of Paradise, accompanied by a cadaver dog with a bell on its collar that jingled in the grim landscape.

They're focusing on vehicles, bathtubs and mattress springs that would indicate a charred bed. He also questioned whether the search for remains could be completed by midweek when the rain is forecast.

"Threat of rockslides/mudslides, especially [Highway] 1 and canyon roadways in #WoolseyFire and #HillFire burn areas", the National Weather Service said in a tweet. "We are just trying to figure out where we are going and what we are doing", she told Al Jazeera.

These two plaintiff law firms worked closely together protecting the interests of Butte County residents after last year's October 8th fires.

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In addition, all four bobcats that the agency monitors via Global Positioning System have been located in the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles.

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The number of people in need of shelter is not clear, but as many as 52,000 people had been ordered to evacuate. The tally is continuing.

More than 12,000 of the 15,000-plus structures which have been destroyed by the Camp fire were located in Paradise.

Forests cover more than 70 per cent of Finland's 338,000 square kilometers.

California's governor is expressing optimism that President Donald Trump will support the state as it deals with raging wildfires.

Jerry Brown, in the interview aired on Sunday, said: "Changing climate and the increasing drought and the lower humidity and water vapor" were important factors.

He said: "We have to do management, maintenance and we'll be working also with environmental groups".