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Alene Tchekmedyian

Alene Tchekmedyian is a reporter in the Metro section of the Los Angeles Times. She covers breaking news in California. She previously covered Glendale and Burbank police for Times Community News. She received her master’s in journalism from Columbia University after graduating from UCLA, where she worked at the student-run Daily Bruin. She currently serves on the UCLA Communications Board, which oversees the university’s student-run media publications. She grew up in Huntington Beach.
California fire: Number of missing persons in Camp fire skyrockets to more than 1,000. How can that be?

The death toll from the Camp fire has jumped to 63. But perhaps more alarmingly, authorities on Thursday dramatically increased the number of missing or unaccounted for from 130 to 631.

California fires: Number of missing soars over 1,000 as Paradise reels from unfathomable losses

The death toll in the Camp fire in Northern California rose to 63 Thursday as President Trump planned to visit California to meet with people impacted by the wildfires in what marks his second trip to the state since his election.

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