PHILPHOTO: PG & E crew is working to repair damage caused by Camp Fire in Paradise, California, United States on…
PHILPHOTO: PG & E crew is working to repair damage caused by Camp Fire in Paradise, California, United States on November 21, 2018. REUTERS / Elijah Nouvelage
(Reuters) – The rains that have drenched northern California for days the forecast was to decrease on Saturday, giving room for clearing the sky as law continues its search for the remains of victims of the deadliest fire in state history.
The so-called Camp Fire all extinct paradise, 1
75 miles (280km) northeast of San Francisco, November 8, killing at least 84 people and destroying nearly 14,000 homes.
Some 475 people from Paradise and surrounding communities remain inexplicable, according to a list from Butte County Sheriff Office. Drone footage buttecountyrecovers.org/Maps provided by Paradise to help residents see if their homes survived showed how the fire ran from house to house in the mountain community of 27,000.
Paradise was a popular destination for retirees, and two thirds of the ages up to now were over 65 years old.
The 2 to 3 inch (5 to 8 cm) rain that fell in the area for the last few days turned ashes from thousands of homes destroyed in sludge, which complicated the work of finding bodies reduced to bone fragments.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has warned that residues of victims can be “very small bone fragments” and some can never be found.
Fire fighting team had imputed 95 percent of the fan, which broke 154,000 hectares – an area five times San Francisco, said Andrew Freeborn, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
Thousands of people forced to escape from paradise spent Thanksgiving in stock in the nearby city of Chico, or with friends or relatives in nearby towns.
Reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico; Editing Leslie Adler and Hugh Lawson
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