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Rain Halts Work For Some Searchers After Camp Fire For Fear Of Falling Trees

High winds and heavy rains are temporarily halting the work of some teams searching for remains in the aftermath of a deadly Northern California wildfire.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says more than 800 people are searching the soaked rubble for human remains. It says 563 people are still unaccounted for.

California Town Of Paradise Devastated By The Camp Fire Continues Search And Recovery Efforts
PARADISE, CA - NOVEMBER 14: A rescue worker uses a cadaver dog to search for human remains at a mobile home park that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 14, 2018 in Paradise, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Paradise, California Continues Recovery Efforts From The Devastating Camp Fire
PARADISE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 21: A search and rescue crew member searches for human remains at a mobile home park that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 21, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity the Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise charring over 150,000 acres, killed at least 81 people and has destroyed over 18,000 homes and businesses. The fire is currently at 80 percent containment and hundreds of people still remain missing. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Team leader Craig Covey said Friday that searchers in the town of Paradise and two nearby communities weren't instructed to stop but he's choosing to take a break for safety reasons.

He says rain and wind are knocking over trees, raising the risk they could fall on search personnel. Covey says they'll resume looking for remains once the rain clears later Friday.

He and his team are finding other ways to help, including bringing lunch to those who stayed in their homes to fight the flames.

The Camp Fire has killed at least 84 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes since igniting Nov. 8. Officials in California say rain has helped nearly extinguish the nation's deadliest wildfire in the past century.

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