Hydro One sends forestry techs to help in California wildfire recovery

The Woolsey Fire approaches homes on Nov. 9 2018 in Malibu

The Camp Fire, which is now 100 percent contained, has killed 85 people and destroyed approximately 19,000 buildings, making it both the deadliest and most destructive blaze in state history.

Meanwhile, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that 249 people remained unaccounted for till Saturday, down from more than 1,000 days ago.

California's nightmarish Camp Fire is almost out after weeks of destruction, but firefighters are still finding new bodies even as the confirmed death toll has risen to 85.

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

On Sunday, crews continued sifting through muddy ash for human remains in and around the devastated town.

The fire erupted just west of Los Angeles amid strong winds on November 8 and burned through suburban communities and wilderness parklands to the sea, leaving vast areas of blackened earth and many homes in ashes.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has warned that remains of some victims may never be found.




Despite the bad weather, more than 800 volunteers searched for human remains on Thanksgiving and again on Friday, two weeks after flames swept through the Sierra Nevada foothills, authorities said.

Thousands have evacuated to makeshift shelters, like a tent city outside a Walmart in Chico. "Collaboration btwn federal, state & local partners is a priority when it comes to helping folks get back on their feet".

However, the rain also raises concerns that mudslides and debris flows could be caused in the burn scar areas of Paradise.

Crews are sifting through ash and debris looking for human remains while also trying to fix power, telephone and gas utilities.

The fire erupted amid strong winds November 8 just west of Los Angeles and burned through suburban communities and wilderness parklands to the ocean, leaving vast areas of blackened earth and many homes in ashes.

With help from rainfall, firefighters have contained 98 per cent of the blaze, which torched 154,000 acres (62,000 hectares) - an area five times the size of San Francisco, officials said. The blaze burned almost 154,000 acres in Northern California.

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