Camp fire fully contained

State fire officials say the Camp Fire, which has killed at least 85 people in northern California, is 100 percent contained Sunday. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said it was still too early to say when the search would be complete but said the region was being covered as quickly as possible, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating fire", said Greg Kiraly, Hydro One's chief operating officer, in a statement.

The wildfire, which ignited in a rural area November 8 before consuming the town of Paradise and roaring through nearby communities, has left a staggering toll.

The fire destroyed 13,972 homes, 528 commercial structures and 4,293 other buildings.

California's deadliest wildfire, which started November 8, remained 98% contained after rain helped firefighters extinguish some of the hot spots, Cal Fire said Saturday.

Despite fears of mudslides and debris flow, neither occurred in the burn areas where rain fell. More than 800 volunteers were out searching Friday. That's more than the worst eight fires in California's history combined, the agency said, with thousands of people displaced.

"It doesn't change the spirits of the guys working", he said.

"Everyone here is super committed to helping the folks here", he said.

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

Authorities battling the Camp Fire made the announcement on Sunday morning (Monday NZT), after spending 17 days beating back a blaze that roared through Butte County, north of Sacramento.

Crews are sifting through ash and debris looking for human remains while also trying to fix power, telephone and gas utilities. At the height of the fire, 250,000 fled their homes.

More than 5,000 firefighters from all western states as far as South Dakota and Texas had been struggling with the fire on the scene for about two weeks before rains that moved into Northern California last Wednesday doused the flames and helped them gain more control of the blaze. The blaze burned almost 154,000 acres in Northern California.

  • Rogelio Becker