More Than Half of Butte County Fire Victims ID'd Using Rapid DNA
Realizing they needed a swift way to identify the 86 people killed by the Camp Fire in November, the Butte County Sheriff's Office partnered with Colorado-based ANDE, which sent examples of its Rapid DNA analysis "instrument" and staffers to work with the agency for free.
The Camp Fire, the state’s most destructive wildfire, which killed 86, was burning without containment in November when the Butte County Sheriff’s Office activated a private-sector partnership aimed at utilizing so-called Rapid DNA analysis to identify unknown victims.
As defined by the FBI, Rapid DNA is the automated process of creating a DNA profile from a cheek or “buccal” swab. The agency’s Rapid DNA initiative...