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Death toll rises to 24 as crews begin grim search among ashes of wine country fires

As weary fire crews began to make progress against a firestorm that has killed at least 24 people in Northern California’s wine country, local officials said Thursday that they have begun a grim search for more bodies amid the ashes of burned communities.At a morning press conference, Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano told reporters that a 14th person was found dead in his county as search crews and cadaver dogs began sifting through debris for the first time Thursday."We’re moving into a recovery phase," Giordano said.Giordano’s department has received 900 reports of missing people. Of those, 437 people have been located and are safe. At the same time Thursday, state and local officials expr ...