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Rains Could Help Firefight But Complicate Search For Remains

Rain could aid crews fighting Butte County’s deadly wildfire while raising the risk of debris flows and complicating efforts to recover remains. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Wednesday for the decimated Town of Paradise and nearby communities. Teams continue sifting through ash and debris as they search for bodies. The list of names of those unaccounted for has increased to 870. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says the additional 171 names came from a backlog of voicemails that detectives worked through Tuesday. Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing. Honea says two more sets of human remains were found Tuesday, bringing the total number killed in the camp fire to 81. Containment has improved to 80% on the 153,336 acre fire that started November 8th. The fire has destroyed 13,503 houses, 275 multiple family homes and 514 businesses. Hundreds more have been damaged.