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Firefighters declare huge Rescue blaze fully contained

RESCUE, California. – A massive California wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes and claimed eight lives are fully recorded.

State fire officials said Thursday that the Carr Fire is surrounded. However, the fire department will continue to patrol the area for a number of days and the crews are still busy with the repair of broken fences and other damage caused by firefighters.

The blaze charred nearly 360 square kilometres (929 square kilometers) in and around the Rescue, making it the seventh largest in the history of California.

The fire killed four civilians, including a woman and her two great-grandchildren, together with a Rescue fire inspector and a bulldozer operator.

A Pacific Gas & Electric, apprentice lineman, and a state fire heavy equipment mechanic assigned to the blaze died in vehicle-related accidents.

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