Deadly Camp Fire Fully Contained; Burned 15,336 Acres, Killed At Least 85


A downpour has turned the ash from a devastating California wildfire into paste, making it hard for volunteers to find fragments of bone and forcing them to stop their search for human remains.

Officials used drone footage to help residents see if their homes survived.

"Prior to returning home, residents are encouraged to take steps to ensure they have food, water and fuel for their vehicles", said the statement.

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

"The stronger winds can actually knock [them] down", said Aviva Braun, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The nation's deadliest wildfire in the past century has killed at least 84 people, and more than 560 are still unaccounted for.

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The Camp Fire that started on November 8 destroyed almost 14,000 homes and burned almost 154,000 acres, (62,000 hectares), an area five times the size of San Francisco. Despite the inclement weather, more than 800 volunteers searched for remains on Thanksgiving and again Friday, two weeks after flames swept through the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said. "Collaboration btwn federal, state & local partners is a priority when it comes to helping folks get back on their feet". In the long run, the Los Angeles Times noted, a Butte County homeless population already estimated at 2,000 is likely to grow, while other people are likely to leave the state.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating fire", said Greg Kiraly, Hydro One's chief operating officer, in a statement.

"All the vegetation has burned away, and that's a unsafe recipe for mudslides".

The fire was contained after 85 civilians died and almost 14,000 homes were destroyed.

"We're here because the president's priority is, 'Fix it, '" Zinke said during his visit, according to the Bee. Fieri, who lives in Santa Rosa in the Bay Area, cooked for first responders on November 11, and has helped feed victims of past fires.

A separate fire in Southern California that struck Malibu killed another three people.