Catastrophic Camp Fire in Butte Co. now completely contained

Rain helps mostly douse California fire but slows searchers

Rain helps mostly douse California fire but slows searchers

Crews continued sifting through ash and debris for human remains.

The so-called Camp Fire all but obliterated the mountain community of Paradise, 175 miles (280 km) northeast of San Francisco, on November 8, killing at least 85 people and destroying almost 14 000 homes.

The two-week firefight got a boost Wednesday from the first significant winter-like storm to hit California.

"It doesn't change the spirits of the guys working", he said. 'Everyone here is super committed to helping the folks here'.

Searchers still looking for human remains will have a few more days of dry weather, but starting late Tuesday, another five to 13 centimetres of rain is expected to drop on the Sierra Nevada foothills through next Sunday, hampering the searchers work and renewing fears of flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

About 1,100 residents were still under evacuation orders in Malibu and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, down from 250,000 at the height of the fire.

On the same day as the Northern California fire sparking off, one in Los Angeles burned through suburban communities and wilderness parklands to the ocean.

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Many of those found were unaware they were on the missing list, officials said.

'The guys will never say it's hard, ' crew member David Kang said. Bill Blevins spoke to CBS News from his hospital bed as he was still recovering from third-degree burns he suffered while trying to escape the blaze.

Almost 14,000 homes were destroyed in the wildfires which have burned almost 154,000 acres - an area five times the size of San Francisco. "The skin is melting off my hands'".

In this November 9 file photo, firefighter Jose Corona sprays water as flames from the Camp Fire consume a home in Magalia, Calif.

"I think that we're very lucky to be alive today because there are a lot of people that didn't make it out", Blevins said.

Steven McKnight and Daniel Hansen were pictured sawing through large pieces of sheet metal so they could be moved to allow cadaver dogs to search beneath at a mobile home park.

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