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Camp Fire fully contained [Updated]

But some of the hardest work remains to be done

Smoke settling over a town in Butte County, seen from the air. Photos by Rich Lonardo

[Update: On Sunday morning Cal Fire reported that California’s worst fire is now 100 percent contained.]

Cal Fire reported Friday morning that the Camp Fire—the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California—is now 95 percent contained.

The fire, which started early in the morning November 8, presently measures an estimated 153,336 acres.

The other numbers reported in the most recent Cal Fire incident report are equally staggering: 13,361 single family homes destroyed, plus 275 multi-family homes and 515 business, on top of more than 4,000 “minor structures.”

Even worse, the confirmed casualties now number 84. The latest missing person’s list furnished by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office has shrunk to 604 missing persons—down from more than 1,300 at the worst of it.

Cal Fire had initially projected an expected containment date of November 30 for the fire, but this week’s rain provided backup that allowed fire crews to make particularly big gains the last few days.

Nevertheless, evacuation orders are still in effect for thousands of displaced Butte County residents, with evacuation warnings covering an even larger area. See the most recent evacuation map here.