88 dead and 203 still missing in Paradise fire zone

LA Times

The death toll from California’s worst fire jumped to 88 on Monday with 203 people still missing, officials said.

Searchers have spent the last two weeks combing through the remains of Paradise, where much of the city was burned in the Camp fire.

Officials said Monday that they had covered a good portion of the city. It’s been a grim task, with most of the remains being found as just bones or bone fragments.

The fire, which burned more than 14,000 homes in the Paradise region, was fully contained Sunday morning.

A new rainstorm will move into the area in the coming days, and officials are worried that could make search efforts more difficult.

Lion P-74.

Lion P-74. (Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area)

Officials say a mountain lion tracked by researchers probably died in a wildfire that tore through Southern California communities and wilderness areas.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area tweeted Monday that there’s been no signal from the GPS collar on the young mountain lion dubbed P-74 since Nov. 9. That’s the day the Woolsey fire swept into the central part of the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles.

P-74 was a male born last year.

Several other mountain lions and bobcats monitored by scientists in the area have been located.

The huge fire charred a swath of national park land that’s home to the big cats and popular among hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

The blaze burned 1,600 structures in and around Malibu and left three people dead.

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