California wildfire almost contained, but hundreds still missing

The Woolsey Fire approaches homes on Nov. 9 2018 in Malibu

The Woolsey Fire approaches homes on Nov. 9 2018 in Malibu

More than two weeks after the deadliest fire on record in California swept through Butte County, killing at least 85 people and destroying 14,000 homes, officials announced Sunday that the Camp fire was finally 100 percent contained.

A group of firefighters from Southern California returned home from Paradise Monday morning after days of sifting through the devastation left by the Camp Fire in search of human remains.

It is the most destructive blaze in California's history and the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in a century.

" now 100% contained", the state fire authority said on its official Twitter account, noting that it has destroyed 13,972 residences, 528 commercial and 4,293 other buildings. He said the number of volunteers searching for the missing and dead has been reduced to about 200 Monday from 500 Sunday after many of those reported missing were found over the weekend.

About 17,000 people have registered with the federal disaster agency, which will look at insurance coverage, assets and other factors to determine how much assistance they are eligible for, Mansell said.

More than 153,000 acres have been torched, with almost 14,000 homes and hundreds of other structures destroyed by the powerful blaze, California's deadliest and most destructive fire ever.

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

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has warned that remains of some victims may never be found.

Only 54 of the fatalities have been identified, according to the local sheriff's office in Butte County, a rural area north of the state capital Sacramento.

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.

Crews are sifting through ash and debris looking for human remains while also trying to fix power, telephone and gas utilities. At the height of the fire, 250,000 fled their homes.

"I really appreciate your efforts to do whatever you can for many people who have lost everything and members of family" in the northern California blaze, said Johnson, who said her nephew is also one of the victims in the blaze.

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