The deadliest wildfire in California's history has been contained

Rain helps mostly douse California fire but slows searchers

Rain helps douse California fire but slows search crews

The deadliest wildfire in the history of the US state of California that has killed at least 85 people was finally brought under control after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said on Sunday.

Photo/Kathleen Ronayne, File After a brief delay to let a downpour pass, volunteers resume their search for human remains at a mobile home park in Paradise, Calif.

It is the most destructive blaze in California's history and the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in a century.

But in a statement on Twitter on Sunday, California's fire department said they were now "100% contained".

The fire was contained after 85 civilians died and almost 14,000 homes were destroyed.

Crews are sifting through ash and debris looking for human remains while also trying to fix power, telephone and gas utilities.

The death toll stood at 85 with the number of unaccounted for individuals lowered to 249 from more than 1,000, according to a posting on the Butte County's Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

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American Airlines issued a statement on Sunday afternoon, warning that more delays and cancellations were likely this evening. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency after 2 to 14 inches (5 to 36 centimetres) of snow fell in parts of Kansas.

Searchers will have a few more days of dry weather but starting late on Tuesday, another 2in to 5in of rain is expected to drop on the Sierra Nevada foothills through to Sunday, hampering work and renewing fears of flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said. A declaration of 100% containment does not mean that the fire is completely put out, but it indicates that firefighters have been able to create a successful containment barrier.

"All the vegetation has burned away, and that's a unsafe recipe for mudslides", Hurley said.

The search for remains came to a temporary standstill in Paradise on Friday after rain and strong winds made fire-weakened trees risky, CNN affiliate KCRA reported.

A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California is finally contained.

US President Donald Trump, who visited one of the worst-hit towns called Paradise last weekend, caused some consternation by saying that the fires were due in part to forestry mismanagement.

The California town of Paradise - which was destroyed by the wildfires - was a popular destination for retired people, with a quarter of its 27,000 residents aged 65 or older.

In Southern California, more residents were allowed to return to areas that were evacuated because of the 151-square-mile (391-square-kilometer) Woolsey Fire as crews worked to fix power, telephone and gas utilities.

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