CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say rain is helping the fight against the deadliest blaze in California in the past century.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday the fire that leveled Paradise is 90 percent contained two weeks after it started.
The blaze was 80 percent contained Wednesday before the first of three storm systems arrived in the area where at least 83 people died in the fire. The fire ignited Nov. 8 and has destroyed more than 13,000 homes.
The first storm has moved on and another is expected later Thursday, raising concerns about mudslides and other problems.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says more than 800 people will search the rubble for human remains on Thanksgiving.
Thousands of people displaced by the blaze will spend the holiday with family in the area or with strangers who open their homes for dinners put together by nonprofit groups.
The nonprofit World Central Kitchen is teaming up with businesses near the town of Paradise to provide 15,000 meals Thursday. And scores of people are opening their homes to share dinner with strangers who lost everything.
Others who fled the deadly wildfire are spending the holiday with family nearby.
Paradise Mayor Jody Jones says the community meals will be “a respite from the frantic activity of trying to put our lives back together and our town back together.”