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Douglas County Search and Rescue team heads to California fire

November 20, 2018

Twelve members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team have been deployed to Paradise, California to assist in the recovery efforts.

Nearly 1,000 people who were reported missing remain unaccounted since the devastating Camp Fire tore through Butte County, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The 151,000-acre fire has reportedly killed 77 people, destroyed nearly 12,000 homes and is only 66 percent contained.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a request for help through the California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue Task Force, known as CORSAR. The local team, supervised by Search and Rescue Deputy Brian Melvin, left Sunday afternoon and will work through Wednesday.

“The communities near the Camp Fire have been devastated, so when the request for assistance came in we felt it was important to send whatever resources we could provide,” Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said in a written statement. “I have complete confidence that our search and rescue will work hard during their deployment and bring their hallmark level of service and dedication to that community.”

The team is compromised of four vehicles, a K-9 team, ground search team members and management team members. In all, 11 volunteers and one paid deputy are making the trip.

Units from Lake Jackson, Klamath and Josephine counties are also headed to the California fire.

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