California's deadliest and most destructive wildfires have been contained

Rain helps mostly douse California fire but slows searchers

Rain helps douse California fire but slows search crews

Now considered the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, the fire killed at least 85 people while 249 continue to be unaccounted for as rescue crews look through debris for human remains.

The latest incident report on the Cal Fire website said that 13,696 single residences, 276 multiple residences, 528 commercial properties, and 4,293 other structures had been destroyed, with 153,336 acres burned.

The fire burned down almost 19,000 buildings, a lot of them homes, and displaced thousands of people, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Cal Fire said that the remaining uncontained fire "is isolated in steep and rugged terrain where it is unsafe for firefighters to access due to the heavy rains". It is the deadliest USA wildfire in a century and at least 249 people remain missing on Sunday according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. More than 800 volunteers were out searching Friday.

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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp fire had been surrounded by firefighters after several days of rain in the Paradise area.

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 fear is that the rain will drop in intense bursts", meteorologist Brian Hurley said.

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

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Last week 50-80mm of rain dropped on the area and turned ash from the thousands of destroyed homes into slurry, complicating the work of finding bodies reduced to bone fragments. "And at first blush, the answer is: probably leaving California, if they can go anywhere". It caused mass destruction and death in the Butte County communities of Paradise, Concow and Magalia.

The city of Paradise was a popular destination for retirees, with people ages 65 or older accounting for a quarter of its 27,000 residents.

About 250 thousand people were evacuated. But both Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke were also there Monday to push forward the president's plan to give the federal government more authority over forest management, including the thinning of trees to help curtail wildfire threats, according to the Sacramento Bee. Most of the victims of the fire identified so far were of retirement age.

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