"It's certainly good to be done with the containment of this fire, even though there's still a lot of work to be done moving forward", fire spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson said.
But too much rain can also wash away remains or bury them in the caked mud, making them harder to find.
Some were looking through destroyed neighborhoods for a second time as hundreds of people remain unaccounted for. They're searching for telltale fragments or bone or anything that looks like a pile of cremated ashes.
The number of people still missing after a northern California wildfire obliterated the mountain town of Paradise, dropped to 249 on Sunday, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.
With more people returning to their homes and mandatory evacuations lifted, the shelter sites will transition into Glenn County Fairgrounds or Butte County Fairgrounds sites.
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The firefight was boosted last week from the first significant winter storm to hit California. The flames ignited November 8 in the parched Sierra Nevada foothills and quickly spread across 240 square miles (620 square kilometers), destroying most of Paradise in a day.
Ontario's largest utility said about 20 forestry technicians will travel to northern California on Monday to help inspect electrical systems in areas that were obliterated by the fire. About 7 inches of rain fell over the burn area for three days without causing major mudslides, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley of the National Weather Service.
Searchers will have a few more days of dry weather. "Everyone here is super committed to helping the folks here".
8 and has burned more than 150,000 acres north of Sacramento, decimating the town of Paradise.
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said they were in the last phase of repopulating Malibu and unincorporated areas of the county. Some 4,000 firefighters from throughout the state and the West battled the flames at the height of the fire.
More than 1,000 firefighters were involved in the efforts to contain the blaze.