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Deadliest fire in California history fully contained

Posted at 10:40 AM, Nov 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-25 13:43:34-05

The massive Northern California wildfire that killed 85 people, destroyed thousands of homes and burned for more than two weeks is finally contained.

CAL FIRE made the announcement Sunday morning on Twitter.

The Camp Fire, the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century first began Nov. 8 in Butte County and grew to 153,336 acres. As of now, 249 people are still unaccounted for.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said firefighters were able to surround the fire after days of rain in Northern California.

Rain helped contain the fire but made it harder for search and rescue teams to continue their efforts to find the missing.

President Donald Trump visited Paradise, one of the several communities destroyed by the fire last week.  Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom accompanied the president on his trip to Paradise.

During his visit, Trump said the federal government will help California recover from the tragedy.

“We have to do management, maintenance and we’ll be working also with environmental groups, they’ve really, I think everybody has seen the light and I don’t think we’ll have this to this extent,” Trump said. “Hopefully this will be the last one of these because this was a really, really bad one.”

The president said everyone is committed to clean the area and keep it protect it.

A firefighter searches for human remains in a community destroyed in the Camp Fire. Photo Courtesy: AP Mews

Now that the Camp Fire is fully contained, search and rescue crews will continue to look through the muddy ash for human remains.