Camp Fire Now Fully Contained
PARADISE, Calif. – November 26, 2018
U.S. emergency services have reported the complete localization of one of the most destructive wildfires in California history.
#CampFire [final] Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap (Butte County) is now 100% contained at 153,336 acres. Unified Command: @CALFIRE_ButteCo, @ButteSheriff, Paradise Police Department, and the USFS.https://t.co/CJkryyPNVZ pic.twitter.com/TjMmiLrRQQ— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) November 25, 2018
The catastrophic wildfire in northern California is nearly out after several days of rain, and many in southern California are returning home after the worst fire in a century continued for two weeks.
But searchers are still completing the meticulous task of combing through now-muddy ash and debris for signs of human remains in the worst-hit city of Paradise.
Crews looked through destroyed neighborhoods for a second time trying to identify telltale fragments, bone or anything that looks like a pile of cremated ashes as 475 were still on a missing persons list when the blazes were 95% contained.
The deadliest wildfire in recent US history killed at least 84 people after flames ignited November 8 in the parched Sierra Nevada foothills.
Named the Camp Fire, it then quickly spread across 240 square miles, destroying most of Paradise in a day.
The fire burned down nearly 19,000 buildings, most of them homes, and displaced thousands of people, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
Hundreds of police officers and volunteers have searched in and around Paradise since the fire swept through the area.
The 2 to 3 inches of rain that fell there during the last few days turned ash from the thousands of destroyed homes into slurry, complicating the work of finding bodies reduced to bone fragments.
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said they were in the last phase of repopulating Malibu and unincorporated areas of the county. At the height of the fire, 250,000 fled their homes.