Hydro One sending technicians to assist in California wildfire recovery

Hydro One sending technicians to assist in California wildfire recovery

Hydro One sending technicians to assist in California wildfire recovery

The deadliest wildfires in California's history are now "100% contained" after burning for more than two weeks - but heavy rain is set to bring a new risk of flash flooding and mudslides.

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 84 people and destroying almost 14,000 homes.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said 203 names remain on the list of those unaccounted for after the Camp Fire swept through the rural area 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

In the US state of California in the large-scale forest fires missing persons are still listed as 475 people.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) tweeted that the fire, dubbed as Camp Fire, scorched 153,336 acres (620 square km) before it was 100 percent contained.

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

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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The first winter storm to hit California has dropped two to four inches of rain over the burn area since it began Wednesday, said Craig Shoemaker with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. "Everyone here is super committed to helping the folks here".

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.

The massive wildfire that destroyed almost 14,000 homes in the town of Paradise and surrounding communities was fully contained over the weekend after igniting more than two weeks ago.

With more people returning to their homes and mandatory evacuations lifted, the shelter sites will transition into Glenn County Fairgrounds or Butte County Fairgrounds sites.

41-year-old Leanne Watts, whose Paradise home was destroyed and is living with her family of six in a Yuba City hotel, told the Times her stay was being paid for until the end of the month by an attorney representing her in a lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a utility company whose electric lines may have sparked the fire.

Three people died and 1,643 buildings, mostly homes, were destroyed, officials said.

"We will be with them every step of the way", Perdue said.

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