Fires in California: a new danger

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The Camp Fire's death toll has increased to 88, while 203 remain missing, the Butte County Sheriff said during a Monday night news briefing. While not as destructive as the Camp Fire, Woolsey claimed the lives of three people.

The massive wildfire that destroyed almost 14,000 homes in the town of Paradise and surrounding communities was fully contained over the weekend after igniting more than two weeks ago. While more than 200 people were still unaccounted for, 2,689 people previously listed as missing had been located.

Only on Sunday did authorities announce that the fire was 100 percent contained, thanks to some heavy rain during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, although they stressed that it would be months before firefighters would be able to completely extinguish it. Ill-informed President was seriously angry and firefighters, and forestry, when accused of appropriate services in a "massive, deadly and costly wildfires" - and threatened to cut payments and those and others.

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Now that the rains have subsided, crews will assess the areas where the fire is still burning.

"It's like being in a war zone", Chuck Williams, who handles dogs searching for remains in the town of Paradise, Calif., told NPR's Bobby Allyn. Recent rains have complicated search efforts, with search teams hampered due to fire-ravaged trees and structures that collapsed in the downpour and local authorities warning of flash floods and debris flows.

More residents in the Malibu area were allowed to return home Friday as crews worked to fix power, telephone and gas lines.

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PG&E and other utilities have sought more far-reaching legislation that would eliminate a rule known as inverse condemnation, which holds utilities responsible for economic damages from wildfires started by their equipment, even if they followed safety rules.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said they were in the last phase of repopulating Malibu and unincorporated areas of the county.

About 250 thousand people were evacuated.

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"I really appreciate your efforts to do whatever you can for many people who have lost everything and members of family" in the northern California blaze, said Johnson, who said her nephew is also one of the victims in the blaze.

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