Camp Fire is 100% contained as death toll stands at 85

Arturo Kim
November 28, 2018

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 number of missing dropped from 475 to 249 on Sunday after people were found in shelters, hotels or friends' homes. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said it was still too early to say when the search would be complete but said the region was being covered as quickly as possible, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

With an assist from Mother Nature, Cal Fire announced Sunday morning that the Camp Fire - the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century - had been fully contained.

"This is an fantastic event.it is really heartwarming and just shows how much we can get done if people can work together and take care of each other", said Dahl, who came back three days ago from the blaze-hit town of Paradise devastated by the Camp Fire. 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.

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

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The fire, which ignited on November 8, has destroyed around 14,000 homes and resulted in at least 85 deaths.

More than 2,500 people are now accounted for, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. They joined the more than 1,000 fire personnel deployed in the Camp Fire. The town of Paradise was a popular destination for retirees, with people aged 65 or older accounting for a quarter of its 27,000 residents.

Costs associated with a deadly Northern California wildfire will likely be in the billions, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday as he returned to the town of Paradise, saying he has never witnessed such devastation.

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.

Hydro One says it will send technicians to help with recovery efforts in California following a devastating wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes.

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