Camp Fire in Northern California Now 100 Percent Contained
By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter
November 25, 2018
The deadliest wildfire in California history has become 100 percent contained, according to a release from the state's fire agency.
Cal Fire made the announcement Sunday, officially bringing an end to the Camp Fire, a blaze that has killed 85 people, and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes. Authorities battling the blaze in Butte County in Northern California say recovery efforts will likely see the death toll rise, with 249 people still unaccounted for.
Recent rain in the area assisted the more than 1,000 firefighters working the wildfire. The favorable weather allowed fire crews to gain ground on the massive blaze, but authorities worry that the rain may cause more problems with risks of debris flows and flash floods.
"Areas experiencing significant rainfall following a wildfire are at risk for debris flows and flash flooding," the Butte County Sheriff’s Office warned.
Thousands of people have been displaced by the blaze, with many living in emergency shelters, motels, and even camping outdoors in a Walmart parking lot.
The state's second deadliest wildfire, occurred in Los Angeles's Griffith Park in 1933. That blaze killed 29 people - most of whom were workers hired under a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project meant to widen roads and build trails across the park located near downtown Los Angeles.
California's largest fire, the Mendocino Complex Fire that burned earlier this year, charred more than 459,000 acres. Only one person during that wildfire.
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