Deadly California Camp Fire now fully contained

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The fire, which broke out on November 8, is so far known to have killed 87 people although another 249 people remain unaccounted for.

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"It's just not worth it - we're not saving lives right now, we're recovering lives", Covey added.

Searchers wore yellow rain slickers and hard hats to protect against tumbling trees and branches while investigating signs that people might not have gotten out of their homes, such as a vehicle left in the driveway or a house having a wheelchair ramp.

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. An electric heater provided warmth. While the rain made everybody colder and wetter, they kept the mission in mind, said Chris Stevens, a search volunteer who wore five layers of clothing to keep warm.

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Seventeen days after the fire started, firefighters successfully formed a perimeter around the destructive blaze, Cal Fire officials said. "Collaboration btwn federal, state & local partners is a priority when it comes to helping folks get back on their feet".

Once the rain clears, state officials will be able to determine if the blaze is fully out, he said.

Starting on November 8, the so-called Camp Fire burned almost 154,000 acres and destroyed almost 14,000 homes.

The volunteers interrupted by rain on Friday found other ways to help. He has been there for two weeks with his cat, Larry. Authorities also warn that danger still looms as rainfall after a fire places the area at a high risk for debris flow, flash flooding, and mudslides.

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US President Donald Trump has visited California to see the devastation caused by the wildfires.

He said the rain was expected to subside by midnight, followed by light showers Saturday.

Ahead of the announcement that the fire has been totally tamed, authorities had already begun letting residents return to some of the worst hit areas to inspect the damage to their homes.

The wildfire, which started November 8, burned more than 153,000 acres, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials.

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Residents in Southern California received welcome news last week that the Woolsey Fire was contained. Three people died, and 1,643 buildings, majority homes, were destroyed, officials said.

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