At least 84 now dead in California's Camp Fire

At least 84 now dead in California's Camp Fire

At least 84 now dead in California's Camp Fire

The fire burned down almost 19,000 buildings, a lot of them homes, and displaced thousands of people, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The so-called Camp Fire all but obliterated the town of Paradise, 280km northeast of San Francisco, on Nov 8, killing at least 84 people and destroying almost 14,000 homes.

At least 84 people died in the Camp Fire which started more than two weeks ago, making it one of the deadliest USA wildfires in the last 100 years.

Between 1 to 3 inches of rain will fall between Friday and Sunday, adding to the 3 inches that already fell this week, the National Weather Service said.

Another person has been reported dead in California's Camp Fire, bringing the death toll to 84 people.

Hundreds of volunteers and police officers spent the Thanksgiving holiday combing through the wreckage, searching for the remains of victims killed in the blaze as the ongoing rains looked set to complicate their work.

Rain falls on a home destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 22, 2018 in Paradise, California.

"I'm emotionally traumatised by what happened", said Wilken, who keeps in close contact with co-workers, some of whom lost family, to help work on his grief.

Paradise was a popular destination for retirees: two-thirds of the victims named so far were older than 65.

At least 84 now dead in California's Camp Fire

"Everyone here is super committed to helping the folks here", he said.

"Flash floods and debris flows will be a particular threat in the wildfire burn areas", the NWS said in a notice warning of the risk of flash floods through late Friday afternoon.

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

In Southern California, more residents were allowed to return to areas that were evacuated because of the 391-square-kilometre Woolsey Fire as crews worked to fix power, telephone and gas utilities.

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.

The fire erupted amid strong winds November 8 just west of Los Angeles and burned through suburban communities and wilderness parklands to the ocean, leaving vast areas of blackened earth and many homes in ashes.

In Northern California, searchers tried to keep their minds on the task rather than the tragic situation.

Team leader Craig Covey said Friday that searchers in the town of Paradise and two nearby communities weren't instructed to stop but he's choosing to take a break for safety reasons.

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