Northern California's Deadly Camp Fire Is 100% Contained

The California town Paradise was destroyed by wildfires

The California town Paradise was destroyed by wildfires

The so-called Camp Fire, which broke out on November 8, is so far known to have killed 85 people. It was the deadliest wildfire in 100 years in the United States since 1918's Cloquet Fire which killed 453 people in northern Minnesota.

They have a few more days of dry weather but rain is forecast to again fall on the Sierra Nevada foothills during the middle and end of the week.

Covey's team of about 30 had been working for several hours Friday morning before stopping and returning to a staging area with hot coffee and food under two blue tents.

While the rain is making everybody colder and wetter, they are keeping the mission in mind, search volunteer Chris Stevens said, standing under an awning as the team waited out a stretch of heavy rain.

Seventeen days after the fire started, firefighters successfully formed a perimeter around the destructive blaze, Cal Fire officials said.

"Everyone here is super committed to helping the folks here", he said.

Once the rain clears, state officials will be able to determine if the blaze is fully out, he said.

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.

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

The volunteers interrupted by rain on Friday found other ways to help.

The firefight was boosted last week from the first significant winter storm to hit California.

"Areas experiencing significant rainfall following a wildfire are at risk for debris flows and flash flooding", the Butte County Sheriff's Office warned.

US President Donald Trump - who visited Paradise to see the devastation - was mocked for suggesting California should follow the example of Finland and rake forests to prevent wildfires. Light showers were expected Saturday, he said.

The wildfire, which ignited in a rural area November 8 before consuming the town of Paradise and roaring through nearby communities, has left a staggering toll.

The Woolsey Fire, a separate fire that burned through nearly 100,000 acres in Southern California and killed at least three, was declared fully contained on Wednesday.

The number was revised down from 475 as people who were believed missing were found in shelters, staying in hotels or with friends, officials said, adding that many did not know they were on the list.

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