Latest: Three more found dead in Northern California blaze
The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local):
CHICO, Calif. — Search and rescue workers found three more bodies in the rubble of a Northern California wildfire, raising the death toll in that fire to 12 and total deaths in the state’s recent blazes to 22.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced the additional deaths Saturday but did not provide any details. He said 13 people remain unaccounted for.
The fire, which roared into Berry Creek and Feather Falls in the Sierra Nevada foothills northeast of San Francisco on Tuesday night, destroyed the small town of Berry Creek and other mountain communities in the shadow of a 2018 wildfire that killed 85 people.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A sheriff in Oregon says authorities responded to reports that armed people in rural areas were setting up roadblocks and demanding identification amid heightened tensions caused by wildfires.
Mike Reese, sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon’s most populous county, said Saturday that deputies told people such activity was illegal and the roadways remained open. Reese sad authorities have fielded extra patrols.
“The sheriff’s office will not tolerate illegal activity of any kind, including civilian roadblocks,” Reese said.
Earlier this week authorities refuted rumors that anti-fascist activists were setting fires in Oregon.
BERRY CREEK, Calif. — Search and rescue crews have found a puppy amid the rubble of a property destroyed by the deadliest wildfire in California this year.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said the puppy was covered in soot when it was found hiding Friday in what appears to be parts of a metal engine on a large property in Berry Creek, a tiny hamlet in the Sierra Nevada foothills northeast of San Francisco.
The puppy was taken to a veterinary’s office for treatment of minor burns.
Authorities later learned the owner of the property had several dogs and wasn’t able to grab them all before fleeing from the fast-moving flames.
Megan McMann, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, says deputies temporarily named the puppy Trooper until it can be reunited with its family.
Nine people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been confirmed dead since lightning-caused fires that started weeks ago merged into a monster that largely destroyed the town. A search continued for 19 people who remained unaccounted for.
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s fire marshal has resigned after being placed on leave amid a personnel investigation.
Oregon State Police placed Fire Marshal Jim Walker on leave Friday night, and he resigned Saturday.
In a news release Saturday, State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton said on