Hydro One sending technicians to assist in California wildfire recovery



The number of confirmed deaths in the Camp Fire, the most deadly and destructive in California, rose to 88 people, officials said Monday night.

Hydro One technicians will help with recovery efforts in California following a devastating wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes. They're searching for telltale fragments or bone or anything that looks like a pile of cremated ashes.

The Camp Fire - the nation's deadliest in a century - was contained within 153,336 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The blaze that destroyed Paradise, California, and nearby towns was 95 percent contained as of Friday night.

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.

They have a few more days of dry weather but rain is forecast to again fall on the Sierra Nevada foothills during the middle and end of the week.

Firefighters move debris while recovering human remains from a trailer home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 17, 2018.

Lawmakers interviewed by Bloomberg said they sense little interest among their colleagues in changing inverse condemnation.

"Areas experiencing significant rainfall following a wildfire are at risk for debris flow and flash flooding", the Sheriff's office warned.

"Everyone here is super committed to helping the folks here", he said.

The fire erupted amid strong winds November 8 just west of Los Angeles and burned through suburban communities and wilderness parklands to the ocean, leaving vast areas of blackened earth and many homes in ashes.

Cal Fire said that the remaining uncontained fire "is isolated in steep and rugged terrain where it is unsafe for firefighters to access due to the heavy rains". The blaze burned almost 154,000 acres in Northern California.

"I was watching all of the homes around us just burn to the ground", Blevins said.

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