The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local):

8:10 a.m.

Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Dozens of people died and perhaps several hundred are unaccounted for in the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Dozens of people died and perhaps several hundred are unaccounted for in the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

Officials say they have contained almost half of a Northern California deadly blaze that razed a town and killed at least 63 people.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise is now 45 percent contained, up from 40 percent Thursday morning.

Gloves rest in a scorched car after the Camp Fire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Gloves rest in a scorched car after the Camp Fire burned through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The department says the blaze has charred 222 square miles (575 square kilometers), destroyed 144 apartment buildings and 9,700 homes.

Butte County Sheriff’s Kory Honea told reporters Thursday night that 630 people are on a missing list.

Investigators recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp Fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Investigators recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp Fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

He said many may be safe, but that he’s making the list public so people can let officials know they’re safe.

More than 450 people are combing through debris in the search for human remains.

Investigators use a bucket to help recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Investigators use a bucket to help recover human remains at a home burned in the Camp fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. Many of the missing in the deadly Northern California wildfire are elderly residents in Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 north of the destroyed town of Paradise. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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7:45 a.m.

A sheriff's deputy recovers the remains of a Camp Fire victim from an overturned car in Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A sheriff’s deputy recovers the remains of a Camp Fire victim from an overturned car in Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Forecasters are predicting rain early next week for the Northern California area where a deadly blaze that decimated a town continues to burn a week after it started.

The wet weather could help firefighters extinguish the massive blaze earlier than expected.

Suzanne Kaksonen, an evacuee of the Camp Fire, and her cockatoo Buddy camp at a makeshift shelter outside a Walmart store in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Kaksonen lost her Paradise home in the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Suzanne Kaksonen, an evacuee of the Camp Fire, and her cockatoo Buddy camp at a makeshift shelter outside a Walmart store in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Kaksonen lost her Paradise home in the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

But officials say rain could also complicate the efforts of dozens of teams who are sifting through ash and debris, looking for human remains.

The National Weather Service said Friday that the northeast corner of California, where the town of Paradise is located, will get rain starting Tuesday night.

A sign hangs beside a tent at a makeshift shelter for evacuees of the Camp Fire in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
A sign hangs beside a tent at a makeshift shelter for evacuees of the Camp Fire in Chico, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Thursday he brought in dozens of search teams to search for remains “as expeditiously as possible.”

At least 63 people were killed after the fire swept through Paradise and other communities on Nov. 8

As the search continues for more victims, drone video shows the extent of destruction from a wildifire that struck Paradise, California.  Nearly 8,800 homes were destroyed in the community popular with retirees. (Nov. 15)
As the search continues for more victims, drone video shows the extent of destruction from a wildifire that struck Paradise, California. Nearly 8,800 homes were destroyed in the community popular with retirees. (Nov. 15)

Honea’s office Thursday published a missing list with 631 names that probably includes names of people who fled the blaze and don’t know they are being sought.

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As firefighters searched the ruins of Paradise, California for the remains of those lost in a deadly wildfire, AP reporter Gillian Flaccus was there when two bodies were found. The blaze in Northern California destroyed the town of Paradise. (Nov. 15)
As firefighters searched the ruins of Paradise, California for the remains of those lost in a deadly wildfire, AP reporter Gillian Flaccus was there when two bodies were found. The blaze in Northern California destroyed the town of Paradise. (Nov. 15)

12 a.m.

Fire officials in Northern California say the list of 631 people missing in the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century probably includes people who fled the blaze and don’t know they’re being sought.

63 people are now known dead in the Northern California wildfire, while the number of unaccounted for has gone higher than 600. The number of homes and structures destroyed is more than 9,000. (Nov. 16)
63 people are now known dead in the Northern California wildfire, while the number of unaccounted for has gone higher than 600. The number of homes and structures destroyed is more than 9,000. (Nov. 16)

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says he’s making that list public so that people can let authorities know they’re safe. Meanwhile, 63 people are confirmed dead and some 52,000 are displaced in shelters, motels and the homes of friends and relatives.

Others are at a Walmart parking lot and an adjacent field in Chico, a dozen miles away from the ashes.

Search and rescue workers, including many volunteers, fanned out across fire-ravaged in search of the remains of victims who perished in California's deadliest wildfire. At least 63 people are known dead. (Nov. 16)
Search and rescue workers, including many volunteers, fanned out across fire-ravaged in search of the remains of victims who perished in California’s deadliest wildfire. At least 63 people are known dead. (Nov. 16)

At the vast shelter parking lot, evacuees from California’s deadliest fire wonder if they still have homes, if their neighbors are still alive — and where they will go when their place of refuge shuts down in a matter of days.

The Northern California fire that began a week earlier obliterated the town of Paradise . Searchers have pulled bodies from incinerated homes and cremated cars. But in many cases, the victims may have been reduced to bits of bones and ash.

Source: The Associated Press

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