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Sheriff: List of missing after fire drops to 1,000

CHICO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local)
UPDATED 8 p.m.:
    
A Northern California sheriff says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 1,000.
    
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says that's about 300 less than what was posted at the start of Sunday.
    
Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing.
    
The so-called Camp Fire swept through the rural town of Paradise on Nov. 8. It has destroyed around 10,500 homes.
    



7:25 p.m.
    
Authorities say one more set of human remains was found Sunday, bringing the total number killed in a devastating California wildfire to 77.
    
A state incident report released Sunday evening says the flames destroyed more than 10,500 homes.
    
Over a thousand names remain on a list of those unaccounted for after the so-called Camp Fire swept through the rural town of Paradise on Nov. 8. Authorities stressed that many of those may be safe and unaware they have been reported missing.
    
Hundreds of volunteers are sifting through ash and debris, searching for human remains before expected rains complicate their efforts. The predicted downpours could wash away telltale fragments of bone, or turn loose, dry ash into a thick paste that would frustrate the search.
    
The fire was 65 percent contained Sunday.
    



5 p.m.
    
Paradise resident Paul Stavish is mourning the loss of his community at a Sunday memorial for the victims of the Northern California wildfire.
    
The 72-year-old retired computer engineer placed a battery-powered votive candle on an altar, saying he's thinking about those who died.
    
At least 76 bodies have been recovered in the fire zone about 170 miles north of San Francisco.
    
Stavish moved to Paradise 13 years ago and described the community as warm and tight-knit.
    
He and his wife and three dogs fled the flames when the so-called Camp Fire swept through the area.  His house was incinerated.
    
Stavish says he drove up for the memorial from Sacramento where he's staying in a hotel.
    


    
4:30 p.m.
    
More than 50 people gathered at a memorial for the victims of the Northern California wildfire at a church in Chico.
    
At least 76 bodies have been recovered in the fire zone about 170 miles north of San Francisco.
    
At the vigil Sunday, Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first responders as people hugged, some with tears in their eyes.
    
"We ask for continued strength as they are growing weary right now," he said. A banner on the altar read, "we will rise from the ashes."
    
Crews searching for remains are stepping up their efforts ahead of rains forecast for later this week that could complicate their work
    
Jacob Kliebe, a pastor at another local church, prayed for comfort and strength for the days ahead.
    


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