Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained

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It has since become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. It is the deadliest US wildfire in a century and at least 249 people remain missing on Sunday according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. At least 84 people have been killed.

Two days of showers have complicated the search but also helped virtually extinguish the blaze, said Josh Bischof, operations chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"Unfortunately, numerous remains we've located have been almost completely consumed by the fire", sheriff Kory Honea said.

PolitiFact said that Trump's November 10 statement that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor" was "overly simplistic and false".

No additional remains were found Monday, but the wildfire's death toll rose to 88 after investigators determined that three separate sets of human remains contained remains from more than one person.

The pace of newly discovered remains has slowed in recent days, and Honea said searchers are making "good progress" as they methodically sweep through any property where people may have died. Thousands of displaced people are living in shelters, campgrounds and hotels.

Sonny Perdue, the US secretary of agriculture, traveled to Paradise, California, on Monday, the town at the epicenter of the blaze.

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Search and rescue crews dig through the burnt remains of a business as they look for human remains on in Paradise, California, on November 21.

Now that the rains have subsided, crews will assess the areas where the fire is still burning.

"It doesn't change the spirits of the guys working", he said. "Areas experiencing significant rainfall following a wildfire are at risk for debris flows and flash flooding".

Crews are sifting through ash and debris looking for human remains while also trying to fix power, telephone and gas utilities. A lot of them are elderly retirees.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said they were in the last phase of repopulating Malibu and unincorporated areas of the county.

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

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