Deadly California wildfire that incinerated Paradise is 100% contained

Posted November 28, 2018

About 17,000 people have registered with the federal disaster agency, which will look at insurance coverage, assets and other factors to determine how much assistance they are eligible for, Mansell said.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Camp Fire was able to put under control when firefighters surrounded it after days of rainfall in the Paradise area.

Crews continued their grim work Saturday in the all but obliterated town of Paradise, looking for bone fragments and clues for what happened to those haven't been found. He said while the rain helped douse some of the fire and made things easier for the dogs helping out, it also complicated search efforts.

Rescuers are searching for nearly 250 missing people
Image Rescuers are searching for nearly 250 missing people

Some 2,500 people originally believed to be missing after the fire have been accounted for, CNN added, though 249 names remain on a list of missing individuals. It burned almost 154,000 acres - an area five times the size of San Francisco - and destroyed almost 14,000 homes in and around Paradise, about 175 miles north-east of San Francisco, according to the California department of forestry and fire protection.

Teams resumed their search yesterday, Butte County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Miranda Bowersox said, ahead of more rains that are expected to start on Wednesday.

The historically devastating Camp Fire has displaced more than 100,000 people in California, and destroyed thousands of buildings.

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Rain that soaked the Butte County fire area in the past days helped douse the remaining flames, but also made it more hard for crews searching for bodies. More than 1,000 firefighters remain, assisting with search and recovery efforts.

While heavy rains can cause floods under normal circumstances, the scorched grounds in the area were especially susceptible to mudslides and flowing debris.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has warned that the remains of some victims may never be found.

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Jerry Johnson, concert coordinator of the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, a northern California city, where the event was staged, said the church hosted many benefit concerts every year, but the fundraising concert by the Chinese community is "the first known one held this year" for the Camp Fire victims.

In Southern California, more residents returned to areas evacuated in a destructive fire as crews repaired power, telephone and gas utilities.

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