Northern California's Deadly Camp Fire Is 100% Contained

Northern California's Deadly Camp Fire Is 100% Contained

Northern California's Deadly Camp Fire Is 100% Contained

With the help of steady rain, firefighters have almost contained the devastating Camp Fire blaze that's killed 84 and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California, but responders are still searching for hundreds of missing people and struggling to identify remains amid muddy ash and falling trees.

A search team from Orange County spent Friday combing through ash and debris at a mobile home park in Paradise that had already been searched once by humans and dogs.

The Camp Fire is 100 percent contained 2 1/2 weeks after it struck Northern California and became the most deadly and destructive in the state's history.

However, Brigitte Foster, a spokeswoman for the Camp Fire unified command unit, said that full containment does not mean the fire has been extinguished.

Almost 19,000 buildings, a lot of them homes, are gone.

The Woolsey fire, which straddled Los Angeles and Ventura counties, began November 8 and killed three people, burned more than 96,000 acres and destroyed 1,600 structures before it was contained Thursday.

But there are still 271 names on the missing list posted on the homepage of the county sheriff's office Sunday morning.

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Searchers will have a few more days of dry weather, but starting late on Tuesday, another 2-5 inches of rain is expected to drop on the Sierra Nevada foothills through next Sunday, hampering the searchers work and renewing fears of flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

Crews continue sifting through muddy ash for human remains in and around the devastated town of Paradise.

"The fear is that the rain will drop in intense bursts", meteorologist Brian Hurley said. The Butte County Sheriff's Office warned residents to be aware of risks associated to the weather.

Task force leader Craig Covey, in blue jacket at center, says his team is doing a second search because there are outstanding reports of missing people whose last known address was at the mobile home park. Cal Fire said it soon expects to have the blaze fully contained.

In Southern California, more residents returned to areas evacuated because of another wildfire as crews repaired power, telephone and gas utilities. At the height of the fire, 250,000 fled their homes.

US President Donald Trump, who visited one of the worst-hit towns called Paradise last weekend, caused some consternation by saying that the fires were due in part to forestry mismanagement.

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