CHICO, Calif. (CBS/AP) — Officials say rain has helped nearly extinguish the nation’s deadliest wildfire in the past century.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday that the 153,336-acre fire that’s destroyed the town of Paradise is 95 percent contained.
The agency says the massive blaze killed at least 84 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings, most of them homes. Authorities stressed that many of the people reported missing may be safe and unaware of their reported status.
Officials say the Camp Fire has destroyed more buildings than the worst eight fires in California’s history combined, displacing thousands of people.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says more than 800 people are searching the soaked rubble for human remains. It says 563 people are still unaccounted for.
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