The Wall Street Journal: California’s deadliest wildfire finally contained; death toll rises to 85

The deadliest wildfire in California’s history, which killed at least 85 people and destroyed almost 19,000 buildings, was 100% contained Sunday, state fire officials said.

The announcement came after more than 1,000 firefighters battled the blaze for weeks and heavy rains helped douse flames in recent days.

“We’re confident that it’s not going to move out of the containment lines,” said Jennifer Erickson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. The fire was contained, but it wasn’t completely out, with sections still smoldering.

In addition to people killed, three firefighters were injured, according to Cal Fire. The fire destroyed almost 14,000 homes, more than 500 businesses and about 4,300 other buildings.

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