FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 file photo, Research online and rescue dog pursuit of human remains at the Camp Fire, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
Crews are utilizing cadaver dogs to find missing persons within the wake in the devastating Camp Fire in northern California.
“If there’s any evidence they are able to get confirmation with a canine and we’ll come in and also do their search,” said Captain Rick Crawford, Public Information Officer for Cal Fire. “When the canine senses something, they should either bark or give a version of a signal.”
Recovery operations are underway within the town of Paradise, that has been completely destroyed through the blaze. Over 80 folks are confirmed dead, but over 800 persons are still unaccounted for.
FILE – Within this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, messages are shown on the bulletin board with the Neighborhood Church in Chico, Calif. Numerous postings fill the message board as evacuees, friends do a search for people missing from the northern California wildfire. Officials repeat the search to choose the missing and identify victims could take months as a result of size and scope on the deadly wildfire that swept Northern California’s Gold Rush country. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)
“You’re approaching cremation style temperatures therefore hopefully, when they were in a protected area and they’re going to remain intact,” said Capt. Crawford. “However, in any other case, we’re seeking almost any bone fragments, skeletal remains, things of that nature, that may survive the incident.”
Fire officials say the dogs might be able to help crews find even the smallest amount of human remains and help give some families closure.
A contingent of the California National Guard is usually on scene, assisting coroners and forensic anthropologists with locating and identifying remains.