88 dead, 203 still unaccounted for after Camp Fire contained


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.

Photo/Kathleen Ronayne, File After a brief delay to let a downpour pass, volunteers resume their search for human remains at a mobile home park in Paradise, Calif.

"#CampFire.is 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.

The Camp Fire has scorched almost 62,000 hectares of land and destroyed more than 13,600 homes since it broke out November 8.

The Camp Fire was the second major blaze to hit California in recent weeks with a fire in the Malibu area near Los Angeles also killing three people.

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

"That's positive, because we've made good progress in covering the vast majority of the area that we need to cover", Honea said.

"Unfortunately, numerous remains we've located have been almost completely consumed by the fire", Honea said.

"The fear is that the rain will drop in intense bursts", meteorologist Brian Hurley said. About 7 inches of rain fell over the burn area for three days without causing major mudslides, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley of the National Weather Service. The Butte County Sheriff's Office warned residents to be aware of risks associated to the weather. A lot of them are elderly retirees.

"As of Saturday, the Chinese community from the Bay Area has raised more than 76,600 US dollars in cash for the Camp Fire victims in less than eight days, and it's fantastic", Jenny Huang, director of Silicon Valley Youth Orchestra, one of the leading organizers of the event, told Xinhua Sunday.

Thousands of people forced to flee Paradise spent Thanksgiving in warehouses in the nearby city of Chico, or with friends or relatives in nearby towns. 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.

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