Deadliest Wildfire In California History Finally Contained

Kimberly Spainhower hugs her daughter Chloe 13 while her husband Ryan Spainhower searches through the ashes of their burned home in Paradise Calif. last week

The so-called Camp Fire all but obliterated the mountain community of Paradise, 175 miles (280 km) northeast of San Francisco, on November 8, killing at least 85 people and destroying almost 14 000 homes.

The Camp Fire, a devastating wildfire that decimated the town of Paradise, Calif., and burned a total area of more than 150,000 acres, has been fully contained, officials said Sunday morning.

"#CampFire.is now 100% contained", the state fire authority said on its official Twitter account, noting that it has destroyed 13,972 residences, 528 commercial and 4,293 other buildings.

Ontario's largest utility said about 20 forestry technicians will travel to northern California on Monday to help inspect electrical systems in areas that were obliterated by the fire.

Almost 14,000 homes have been destroyed.

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The nation's deadliest wildfire in a century has killed at least 84 people, and 475 are on a list of those reported missing.

PARADISE, Calif. The catastrophic wildfire in Northern California is almost out after several days of rain, but searchers are still completing the meticulous task of combing through now-muddy ash and debris for signs of human remains.

However, the rain also raises concerns that mudslides and debris flows could be caused in the burn scar areas of Paradise.

The 2in to 3in of rain that fell in recent days turned ash from the thousands of destroyed homes into slurry, complicating the work of finding bodies reduced to bone fragments.

"With the rain we have been experiencing, residents should be aware of potential risks associated to the weather", the Butte County Sheriff's Office warned.

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That's more than the worst eight fires in California's history combined, the agency said, with thousands of people displaced. The fire was fully contained November 21 after burning for two weeks.

The California town of Paradise - which was destroyed by the wildfires - was a popular destination for retired people, with a quarter of its 27,000 residents aged 65 or older.

The Butte County Sheriff's department said that they had mistakenly added two people to an earlier death toll of 87.

On Wednesday, the same system is expected to deliver a half inch to 2 inches to the Woolsey fire area in Southern California.

Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters Irma Corona (R) comforts neighbor Gerryann Wulbern in front of the remains of Wulbern's home after the two returned for the first time since the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.

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