Rain has nearly doused Calif. fire but curbs grim re­cov­ery

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

PAR­ADISE, Calif. — The cat­a­strophic wild­fire in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia is nearly out af­ter sev­eral days of rain, but searchers are still com­plet­ing the metic­u­lous task of comb­ing through ash and de­bris for signs of hu­man re­mains.

Crews re­sumed the grim work Satur­day as rain cleared out of the dev­as­tated town of Par­adise. The na­tion’s dead­li­est wild­fire in a cen­tury has killed at least 84 peo­ple, and 475 are on a list of those re­ported miss­ing. The flames ig­nited Nov. 8 in the parched Sierra Ne­vada foothills and quickly spread across 240 square miles, de­stroy­ing most of Par­adise in a day.

The fire burned down nearly 19,000 build­ings, most of them homes, and dis­placed thou­sands of peo­ple, the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion said.

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