Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Deadly California wildfire that incinerated Paradise is 100% contained

Deadly California wildfire that incinerated Paradise is 100% contained

The deadliest and most destructive fire in California's history was finally brought totally under control by firefighters, more than two weeks after it erupted, authorities said on Sunday.

Officials say three people were found dead and 1,643 structures, majority homes, were destroyed.

Some 475 people from Paradise and surrounding communities remain unaccounted for, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. "What they're recovering is bones and bone fragments".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating fire", said Greg Kiraly, Hydro One's chief operating officer, in a statement.

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The rain helped extinguish hotspots in smoldering areas, and containment increased to 95 percent.

Steven McKnight, right, and Daniel Hansen saw through large pieces of sheet metal so they can be moved to allow cadaver dogs to search beneath them for signs of human remains at a mobile home park in Paradise, Calif. "And at first blush, the answer is: probably leaving California, if they can go anywhere". It was on November 8th that the fire began in the Sierra Nevada foothills and within a day it had destroyed most of the town of Paradise.

Thousands have evacuated to makeshift shelters, like a tent city outside a Walmart in Chico.

Heavy downfalls that have soaked the fire zone in the past days helped douse the remaining flames, but also made it more hard for crews searching for bodies.

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Lawmakers interviewed by Bloomberg said they sense little interest among their colleagues in changing inverse condemnation.

The weather service issued a warning for possible flash flooding and debris flows from areas scarred by major fires in Northern California, including the areas burned in Paradise. "Collaboration btwn federal, state & local partners is a priority when it comes to helping folks get back on their feet".

Crews are sifting through ash and debris looking for human remains while also trying to fix power, telephone and gas utilities. Some 4,000 firefighters from throughout the state and the West battled the flames at the height of the fire. The blaze burned almost 154,000 acres in Northern California.

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