Update: 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 25
The Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, is now 100 percent contained, according to a Cal Fire report on Sunday morning. It burned 153,336 acres since igniting about 6:30 a.m. Nov. 8.
Original story posted Nov. 24 at 3:50 p.m.:
The death toll in Butte County’s Camp Fire reached 85 in recent days, with the fire nearing full containment, according to the latest Cal Fire incident report.
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More than 153,000 acres have burned and nearly 14,000 homes have been destroyed by California’s deadliest and most destructive fire since igniting Nov. 8. The blaze was 98 percent contained Saturday evening, Cal Fire said, with full containment expected by Friday.
Saturday also brought more lifted evacuation orders, allowing more victims of the fire to return to their homes to see what is left.
Saturday afternoon, residents were allowed to return to the remaining Zone B evacuation areas of both Berry Creek and Cherokee, according to a Camp Fire incident update news release.
Those trying to enter the area will need to show identification or provide proof of residency to gain access, the release said. Non-residents will be allowed access to the area starting at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Residents may return to their properties in Berry Creek Zone B via Encina Grande Road at Choc Taw Road and Highway 162 at French Creek Road/Stephens Creek Road, while properties in Cherokee Zone B can be accessed by Cherokee Road at Highway 70 or Table Mountain Boulevard.
Over the last week, authorities have gradually allowed residents to return to some of the areas that had been affected by the fire but are cautioning people to be aware of fire debris and electrical hazards, such as downed power lines or toxic substances like asbestos that may be in the ash or soil due to burned building material.
People returning to homes or properties that have been burned should wear boots, jeans, gloves, long sleeves, dust masks and eye protection, according to an advisory posted on Cal Fire’s Butte County Division’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The post also noted that N95 masks do not protect against asbestos.
Authorities also warned these areas have limited resources available, such as gas and groceries.
“Residents should make sure they have enough food, water, and fuel for their vehicles before returning to their home or property,” the advisory said.
A full list of resources, evacuation information and updates for those affected by the Camp Fire can be found at buttecountyrecovers.org.
This story has been updated on Nov. 25 to reflect a correction in the death toll of the Camp Fire. Authorities earlier erroneously reported the number of fatalities as 87. The correct number as of Nov. 25 is 85.