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California fire mostly contained, death toll rises to 84

  • Published at 08:58 pm November 23rd, 2018
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A woman hands some small religious figurines to her husband in the remains of their home after returning for the first time since the Camp Fire forced them to evacuate in Paradise, California, U.S. November 22, 2018 Reuters

Rain fell in the first measurable amounts in months in the drought-stricken area and this helped put out hot spots and smouldering fires

The fire that has ravaged northern California is now almost completely contained, authorities said Thursday as the death toll rose to 84.

Rain fell in the first measurable amounts in months in the drought-stricken area and this helped put out hot spots and smouldering fires, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

It said the so-called Camp Fire is now 95% contained.

The number of people listed as unaccounted for in the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history stands at 563. Previously the death toll had been put at 83.

Another three people died in a second major blaze that struck Malibu in southern California.

In the north, the Camp Fire has scorched 153,000 acres of land and destroyed more than 13,600 homes since it broke out on November 8.

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