Hydro One sending technicians to assist in California wildfire recovery

Rain helps mostly douse California fire but slows searchers

Rain helps douse California fire but slows search crews

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.

Search crews have pressed on despite the grim task.

More than 153,000 acres have been torched, with almost 14,000 homes and hundreds of other structures destroyed by the powerful blaze, California's deadliest and most destructive fire ever.

The grim search for human remains has continued for days in the hard-hit town of Paradise, but it came temporarily to a standstill Friday after rain and strong winds made fire-weakened trees risky, CNN affiliate KCRA reported.

The wet weather helped extinguish hot spots and enabled responders to ramp up the search for additional victims, particularly in Paradise, a retirement community with a population of 27,000.

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

And thousands of displaced people - crammed into emergency shelters and hotels or camping outdoors in below-freezing temperatures - face an uncertain future.

Now that the rains have subsided, crews will assess the areas where the fire is still burning. "Collaboration btwn federal, state & local partners is a priority when it comes to helping folks get back on their feet".

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

On Wednesday, the same system is expected to deliver a half inch to 2 inches to the Woolsey fire area in Southern California.

More residents in the Malibu area were allowed to return home Friday as crews worked to fix power, telephone and gas lines.

We reported last week that both are requesting additional authority from Congress to implement strategies they say will improve the health of forested areas.

Firefighters move debris while recovering human remains from a trailer home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 17, 2018. Some 4,000 firefighters from throughout the state and the West battled the flames at the height of the fire.

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