State fire officials said that the deadliest wildfire in California history that destroyed the mountain town of Paradise and killed at least 85 people was 100 percent centered on Sunday.
The number of people still missing from the Camp Fire north of San Francisco dropped to 249 on Sunday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said. The number was revised down from 475 as people were believed to have found in the shelters, staying in hotels or with friends, officials said, adding that many people did not know.
The Camp Fire that started on November 8 destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and burned nearly 154,000 acres (62,000 hectares) – an area five times the size of San Francisco.
Searra Nevada foothills through the next Sunday, the searchers work hampering and the fear of renewing, the second 2-5 inches (5 to 13 cm) of rain is expected flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.
“The fear is that the rain will drop in intense bursts,” Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the Federal Weather Prediction Center in Maryland, said early Sunday.
“All the vegetation has burnt away, and that’s a dangerous recipe for mudslides,” Hurley said.
Last week, 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) of rain fell and turned ash from the thousands of destroyed homes in slurry.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea has warned that the remains of some victims may never be found. The town of Paradise was a popular destination for retirees, with people aged 65 or older accounting for a quarter of its 27,000 residents. Most of the victims of the fire were identified as of retirement age.
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.
Thousands of people were forced to flee Paradise spent Thanksgiving in Warehouses in the nearby city of Chico, or with friends or relatives in nearby towns.