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Dakota Smith

Dakota Smith covers Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Hall for the city-county bureau. She joined the Los Angeles Times in 2016 and previously covered City Hall for the Los Angeles Daily News. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and lives in Los Angeles.
California fire: The tiny community of Concow was hit hard by the Camp fire. Residents hope they’re not forgotten

Residents of the tiny mountain community of Concow hope their losses are not forgotten after the Camp fire.

California fire: Death toll rises in Camp fire as survivors look for their way forward

Eight more bodies were found Friday, bringing the death toll to 71 as authorities combed through missing-person reports and raised the number of people unaccounted for to 1,011. Officials said it could take weeks to complete the search.

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