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79 Confirmed Dead As Searchers Race Against Wet Weather In Butte County

More remains have been discovered in the Camp Fire zone, bringing the total confirmed fatalities so far to 79. Recovery teams are trying to work quickly searching through the ashes for signs of human remains before the rains come and make the job much more difficult. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 700. He says that’s about 300 fewer than what was posted at the start of Monday. Evacuees are routinely telling shelter workers that people still listed as missing are actually safe – a situation that underscores the chaotic search for survivors. Robert James Miles said Monday that he alerted a Red Cross worker over the weekend about eight friends who were incorrectly listed as missing. He said two were at the same shelter where they were reported missing. Such confusion is hampering authorities as they try to keep track of people displaced from their homes by the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century. Anguished friends and family continue to search online for people they haven’t heard from since the blaze began.