Rain helps douse California fire but slows search crews

Marsha Scott
November 29, 2018

Hydro One says it will send technicians to help with recovery efforts in California following a devastating wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes. Over 200 people are still unaccounted for, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. They're searching for telltale fragments or bone or anything that looks like a pile of cremated ashes.

Cal Fire said it soon expects to have the blaze fully contained. "And at first blush, the answer is: probably leaving California, if they can go anywhere".

The nation's deadliest wildfire in a century has killed at least 84 people, and 475 are on a list of those reported missing.

Despite fears of mudslides and debris flow, neither occurred in the burn areas where rain fell.

They have a few more days of dry weather but rain is forecast to again fall on the Sierra Nevada foothills during the middle and end of the week.

"It doesn't change the spirits of the guys working", he said. "Collaboration btwn federal, state & local partners is a priority when it comes to helping folks get back on their feet".

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In Southern California, more residents have returned to areas evacuated in a destructive fire as crews repaired power, telephone and gas utilities.

When the Woolsey fire swept into the exclusive neighborhood of Bell Canyon, resident Yen Hsieh grabbed her late music teacher's 200-year-old cello, some belongings and her son's betta fish Sparky and fled, not sure whether her home would be destroyed.

"That's positive, because we've made good progress in covering the vast majority of the area that we need to cover", Honea said.

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.

In Northern California, searchers tried to keep their minds on the task rather than the tragic situation.

"We're here because the president's priority is, 'Fix it, '" Zinke said during his visit, according to the Bee.

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