Death toll climbs to 29 as crews begin grim search among ashes of wine country fires – Los Angeles Times

As weary fire crews began to make progress against a firestorm that has killed at least 28 people in Northern California’s wine country, local officials said Thursday that they have begun a grim search for more bodies amid the ashes of burned communities.

At an afternoon news conference, Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano told reporters that a 15th person was found dead in his county as search crews and cadaver dogs began sifting through debris for the first time Thursday.

Later Thursday, officials confirmed the discovery of four more bodies. Of the total 29 deaths, 15 were in Sonoma County, eight were in Mendocino County, four were in Yuba County and two were in Napa County, according to Sonoma County, Cal Fire and Yuba County officials.

The searches can take hours, and identification will be difficult, Giordano said at the briefing.

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