California wildfire finally contained after more than two weeks

California wildfire finally contained after more than two weeks

At least 85 people have been killed since the devastating fires started on 8 November, while rescuers are searching for hundreds who remain unaccounted for.

"It's just not worth it - we're not saving lives right now, we're recovering lives", Covey added. A team from Orange County in Southern California is among several teams conducting a second search of a mobile home park after the deadly Camp wildfire torched part of Butte County in Northern California. More than 1,000 firefighters remain, assisting with search and recovery efforts.

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. "Collaboration btwn federal, state & local partners is a priority when it comes to helping folks get back on their feet".

CAL FIRE has reported that 3 were injured during the firefighting operation.

Once the rain clears, state officials will be able to determine if the blaze is fully out, he said. 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. He has been there for two weeks with his cat, Larry.

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

However, the rain also raises concerns that mudslides and debris flows could be caused in the burn scar areas of Paradise.

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

"So far we've been seeing about a quarter-inch of rain falling per hour", he said.

Perdue was the latest Trump administration official to visit Paradise to show support for survivors, after a visit from the president himself earlier this month.

The Camp Fire burned over 150,000 acres - the equivalent of 10 Manhattan islands - and destroyed more than 18,000 structures, according to authorities.

On Wednesday, the same system is expected to deliver a half inch to 2 inches to the Woolsey fire area in Southern California.

Ontario's largest utility said about 20 forestry technicians will travel to northern California on Monday to help inspect electrical systems in areas that were obliterated by the fire.

Rains over the last three days helped the firefighters contain the blaze, but they were destructive to homes that have been scorched, and may pose a danger to residents that return home.


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