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Rain predicted for the Northern California town decimated by a deadly wildfire could cause wet ash to flow down steep inclines in the mountainous region, according to the National Weather Service. That could complicate the efforts of crews searching for human remains.
Hundreds of searchers have fanned out in the leveled town of Paradise before rains expected to start Wednesday. The death toll from the Camp Fire rose to 79 after the remains of two more bodies were found earlier Monday; meanwhile, nearly 700 other people are unaccounted for.
The rain could wash away the remains and turn dusty debris from the fire into mud. Forecaster Eric Kurth said Monday storms expected to soak the scorched Paradise area into Thanksgiving weekend could dump at least 4 inches of rain.
Weather projections show the area will see moderate, steady rain, Kurth said. It's still unclear whether there will be rain heavy enough to unleash large debris flows and mudslides.
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California wildfires fast facts
These are the current numbers as of Monday evening from Cal Fire.
- Location: Butte County
- 151,272 acres burned
- 70 percent contained
- 79 fatalities confirmed
- 699 unaccounted for
- 15,573 structures destroyed (11,713 residences, 472 commercial and 3,388 other buildings)
- Full containment expected Nov. 30
- Location: Los Angeles County, Ventura County
- 96,949 acres burned
- 94 percent contained
- 3 fatalities confirmed
- 1,500 structures destroyed, 341 damaged
- Full containment expected Nov. 22
Breweries to pitch in to aid victims
Several companies around the country are brewing up some help for survivors of Northern California's devastating Camp Fire, reports CBS Sacramento. They're making a new IPA and will give sales proceeds to those in need.
"We're ready to go," said Terence Tang, General Manager at Fieldworks Brewing Company. "We really want to help out as quickly and as swiftly as possible for the people up there."
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company put out the call Friday for breweries to help make a special beer called "Resilience Butte County Proud IPA."
Fieldwork Brewing Company is one of a handful of breweries in the Sacramento region that will step up and participate in "Brew Day" on November 27.
"All of us in some way shape or form know someone that's been affected by this," Tang said. "I thought it was the perfect example of what Sierra Nevada is like as a company."
Hops and malts will be donated from various suppliers, then on Brew Day, each brewery will make as much beer as it can for the cause. One hundred percent of the eventual sales take will go directly to the Camp Fire Relief Fund.
Tang says Fieldwork had success last year selling Russian River's Sonoma Pride beer for charity, bringing in $30,000.
"We're keeping our fingers crossed that that's going to be a similar number for most of these breweries," Tang said.
"It was a no-brainer," said Daniel Moffatt, Co-owner of Fountainhead Brewing Company. "We were just excited to be able to do something."
"We can come together as a community and kind of make the best of it and know that what you're doing is supporting a great cause," Moffatt said.
Sierra Nevada says it plans to release more than 2,000 barrels of Resilience IPA.
The beer won't be available right away though: Customers will have to wait until at least two weeks after it's brewed, depending on the location.
Death toll climbs to 79 in Camp Fire
The death toll increased to 79 in the Camp Fire , Cal Fire said Monday night. As of Monday night, the fire had burned 151,272 acres and was 70 percent contained.
According to CBS Sacramento, there are still 699 people on the list of people unaccounted for.
More than a dozen people are marked as "unknowns," without first or last names, CBS Sacramento reports. In some cases, names are listed twice or more times under different spellings. Others are confirmed dead, and their names simply haven't been taken off yet.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has said he released the rough and incomplete list in hopes that people would contact authorities to say they are OK. He has called it "raw data" compiled from phone calls, emails and other reports.
"We put the list out. It will fluctuate. It will go up. It will go down because this is in a state of flux," Honea said Monday. "My view on this has been that I would prefer to get the information out and start working to find who is unaccounted for and who is not. I would put progress over perfection."
Masks in high demand as wildfire affects air quality
Masks have been flying off the shelves in San Francisco as people try to protect themselves from the thick smoke drifting from the Camp Fire over 150 miles away, CBS San Francisco reports. Some stores were completely sold out.
"Maybe Monday," read a sign at Fredericksen Hardware & Paint. Store employees told CBS San Francisco that new masks will be sold behind the counter and customers will likely be limited in how many they can buy.
Wildfire smoke contains a mixture of thousands of compounds: Chemicals, gases and tiny particles that can be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lung, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports. When properly fitted, only the right kind of masks, called N95 or P100, can provide some protection.
There are potential downsides, LaPook reports. Masks can increase the work of breathing and might encourage people to do more outdoor activity, which can worsen exposure.
Rain could hinder search for Camp Fire victims
The search for remains of victims of the Camp Fire has taken on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bring relief to firefighters on the front lines. Wearing white coveralls, hard hats and masks, teams of volunteers and search and rescue crews in Paradise and surrounding communities are poking through the smoky debris for fragments of bone before rains can wash them away or turn loose, dry ash into a thick paste.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said it was within the "realm of possibility" that officials would never know the exact death toll from the blaze. He also questioned whether the search for remains could be completed by midweek, when the rain is expected.
Hundreds of search and recovery personnel are involved in the effort, going to homes where they received tips that someone might have died. But they are also doing a more comprehensive, "door-to-door" and "car-to-car" search of areas, said Joe Moses, a commander with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, who is helping oversee the search and rescue effort.
Fires taking more than physical toll on firefighters
Wildfires are taking more than just a physical toll on the firefighters battling flames across California, CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan reports. Ben Holliday and Joshua Wilkins have been moving from fire to fire since June.
Both men are from Butte County, where the Camp Fire has devastated their community. "This is our home," Holliday said. "We both, everyone on our task force that we're on has family here, houses gone and whatnot, so, yeah, this one definitely hit home more than any fire I've ever been on, hands down."
Cal Fire Capt. Joe Chavez helped his wife and two young daughters evacuate before watching his home burn down in Paradise.
"That was definitely hard to watch, and there's still a lot of feelings I need to deal with with that," Chavez said. "I'm just glad to have my family whole because there's a lot of families out there that are not whole right now. There's a lot of people that still haven't been found ... Knowing that there are people out there that don't have a family anymore, that hurts."
Utility under pressure to explain actions before blaze
Some victims of the Camp Fire are asking why the state's largest utility didn't shut off power in areas that were at high risk. Pacific Gas & Electric said two of its power lines failed in areas where the fire broke out a short time before the first flames were reported.
The company highlighted one failure the day the fire began but then waited more than a week to report the second until more information was available. PG&E said the fire forecast did not meet the criteria for a "public safety power shutoff."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Vigil held in Chico, California, for wildfire victims
The town of Paradise, California, held a vigil Sunday night to remember the dozens who died in the wildfire that swept through the region.
The vigil at First Christian Church in Chico was a time for residents to quietly reflect, pray, bring photos or momentos of lost friends, family and pets and was a chance to seek help from counselors and mental health experts.
A sign at the vigil read: "We will rise from the ashes" and two hashtags: #paradisestrong #buttecountystorng
People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first responders: "We ask for continued strength as they are growing weary right now."
Calif. governor says Trump promised he won't cut wildfire funding
California Gov. Jerry Brown said President Trump assured him he will not cut federal funding to California to deal with the state's deadly wildfires in what the governor called a "big, big win."
On Saturday, Brown and the president toured damage from the Camp Fire that killed dozens of people, with nearly 1,300 more still unaccounted for. The governor also said economic impact of the fires will be "tens of billions" of dollars.
"The president not only has signed a presidential declaration giving California substantial funding, but he said and pledged very specifically to continue to help us, that he's got our back," Brown said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "And I thought that was a very positive thing."
Trump visits Malibu
In Malibu, President Trump visited a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean where houses once stood and palm trees stand scorched, signs of the intense fires. Mr. Trump praised local officials, first responders and military assistance, and he said permits to rebuild will be expedited.
Standing alongside Mr. Trump, California Gov. Jerry Brown says officials will need to assess all the information available about wildfires in planning for the future. The state's governor-elect, Gavin Newsom, says people have had enough and the problem needs to be dealt with head-on.
Trump says destruction hasn't changed his mind on climate change
President Trump visited the devastation in Paradise, California, after a deadly wildfire nearly leveled the entire community. Mr. Trump declined to say whether climate change directly impacted the fires, saying there were "a lot of factors."
In October, he told CBS News' "60 Minutes" he no longer considers climate change a hoax, but said he doesn't believe it is manmade.
Mr. Trump on Saturday called the wildfire a "really bad one" and said "hopefully" it would be the last. "I think everybody's seen the light, and I don't think we'll have this again to this extent," he said.