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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: Officials fear rains will wash away victims’ remains with 870 still missing

For days, hundreds of searchers in Butte County have been methodically poring through the destruction left by the Camp fire, looking for clues that someone wasn't able to escape. Now, a pair of incoming storms are threatening to hamper recovery efforts.

Number of people missing in Camp fire jumps to 870

The number of people unaccounted for in the destructive Camp fire jumped up to 870 Tuesday after investigators were able to work through a backlog of voicemails, authorities said. The news comes as the death toll has also increased, to 81.

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