SoCal Team Returns Home After Helping Search for Remains in Camp Fire

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Captain David Dahl, a fireman from the Palo Alto Fire Department, who was invited to the event with his two other colleagues, shared with the audience the stories of how they combated the wildfire in the past 14 days in northern California. He released the names of 16 people who died in the blaze, ranging in age from 58 to 95.

After more than two weeks of a raging inferno, a total of 153,336 acres (620 square km) have been scorched and at least 249 people remained unaccounted for in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the history of California. The number of missing dropped in recent days as officials confirmed that more people were alive. But both Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke were also there Monday to push forward the president's plan to give the federal government more authority over forest management, including the thinning of trees to help curtail wildfire threats, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The search for remains came to a temporary standstill in Paradise on Friday after rain and strong winds made fire-weakened trees risky, CNN affiliate KCRA reported.

Searchers wore yellow rain slickers and hard hats to protect against falling branches Friday as they looked for clues that may indicate someone couldn't get out of their home, such as a auto in the driveway or a wheelchair ramp.

Covey's part of the effort to recover remains.

The wildfire, which ignited in a rural area November 8 before consuming the town of Paradise and roaring through nearby communities, has left a staggering toll. The Butte County Sheriff's Office warned residents to be aware of risks associated to the weather.

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American Airlines issued a statement on Sunday afternoon, warning that more delays and cancellations were likely this evening. Whiteout conditions brought low visibility to the small town of Chariton, Iowa, which is an hour south of Des Moines.

Ontario's largest utility said about 20 forestry technicians will travel to northern California on Monday to help inspect electrical systems in areas that were obliterated by the fire.

"So far we've been seeing about a quarter-inch of rain falling per hour", he said.

Perdue suggested donating timber from the nearby Plumas National Forest to rebuild Paradise.

California lawmakers earlier this year approved $1 billion in funding over the next five years for forest clearing operations.

The firefight was boosted last week from the first significant winter storm to hit California.

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