SAN FRANCISCO – A California wildfire that has claimed 79 lives is 70 percent controlled with full containment expected by November end, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Monday.
Cal Fire said firefighters have set Nov. 30 as the anticipated date to quell it completely. The wildfire, dubbed Camp Fire, broke out on Nov. 8.
Nearly 700 people remain missing, over 15,000 buildings have been destroyed and 61,100 hectares (150,981 acres) of vegetation razed in the last two weeks, according to latest data from the authorities.
According to predictions from the National Weather Service, the first rains will arrive on Wednesday in the area of Butte County where the fire is raging. It is an extremely dry region which has not received rainfall in months.
Authorities said they fear that although the water will help in the containment of the fire it could make the recovery of bodies difficult.
In addition, rainfall and mud could present risks to the tens of thousands of people who have been evacuated to temporary shelters.