Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Sunday the transition will allow authorities to release resources that are no longer needed as the operation moves at a slower pace.
A statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said the 87-year-old Montecito man was found inside of his home.
At least 17 people have died as a result of the mudslides, which has destroyed houses and caused substantial damage in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Thursday the priority now is finding survivors as families of the missing wait for word about their loved ones.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Thursday the priority now is finding survivors, as families of the missing wait for word about their loved ones.
County Sheriff Bill Brown called the mudslides a "mass casualty incident" as 17 people were killed, 28 were injured and 13 remain missing and unaccounted for.
Officials said the fire in Santa Barbara County has so far burned more 230,000 acres as it moves westward. It has destroyed about 800 structures, damaged 200 and threatens another 18,000.