The destructive Camp fire has been 100 percent contained, fire officials said on Sunday.
The massive blaze that enveloped over 153,000 acres, murdered not less than 85 people and wasting close to 14,000 homes in northern California.
The New York Times states that control doesn’t mean the fire has been totaly quenched, only that firefighters have drawn a line around it.
A spokeswoman for the Camp fire unified command, Brigitte Foster, told SF Gate “They’re going to be working on it for months, “Within the perimeter, there are stumps and burning roots that are underground, and we still need to try to pull those up and remove the heat.”
The Camp fire, which started on Nov. 8, rapidly became the deadliest of such event in the history of the state. Authorities still do not know the cause, but strong winds and extremely dry conditions aided the fire race across the parched California landscape.
According to the National Weather Service, rain which fell during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend helped officials suppress some of the blaze and achieve full control, and more storms are foreseen in the days ahead. Paradise, the center of the destruction, has seen more than 3 inches of rainfall.
Officials cautioned about the possibility of mudslides after most of the vegetation holding soil in place was burned away, though none have been reported yet.
Search and rescue officials are still winnowing through the ruins in search for people killed by the fire. About 249 people are still not found, mostly from Paradise. Daily death tolls have constantly grown over the past weeks, and authorities reveals that they found three more bodies on Sunday.
Authorities started lifting some evacuation orders this weekend, although thousands of people are still displaced and may not be able to go back home home for some time. Some people held unprepared Thanksgiving celebrations in hotels or emergency shelters.