CORRECTED-REFILE-Close to 1,000 still missing after deadliest California wildfire
Officials said it had consumed about 150,000 acres and was 65 percent contained late on Sunday, up from 60 percent earlier in the day, as prospects of a heavy rainstorm from late Tuesday onwards raised hopes that that percentage will rise as the week progresses.
They said full containment was not expected until Nov. 30, however.
Up to four inches (10 cm) of rain are forecast to fall north of San Francisco between late Tuesday and Friday, said Patrick Burke, a forecaster at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in Maryland.
"This weather system is locked in," he said.
The rain would also make it harder for forensic teams sifting through ash and dirt looking for the bones of the dead. "The rain will easily disturb the soil where remains might be found," Burke said.
Pathologists from the University of Nevada, Reno, worked through the weekend as firefighters peeled back debris, collecting bits of burned bones and photographing everything that might help identify the victims.
The storm, which is expected to carry moderate winds of 15-20 mph could also cause problems for evacuees, hundreds of whom are sheltering in tens and cars.
"While it isn't an exceptionally strong storm, the recent burns make mud slides on hills and slopes a real danger," Burke said.
South of Sacramento near Malibu, at least two inches of rain are expected to fall on a second fire, the Woolsey. Known to have killed three people, it was 88 percent contained on Sunday and full containment was expected on Thanksgiving Thursday.
PG&E Corp has said it could face liability that exceeds its insurance coverage if its equipment were found to have caused the Camp Fire. (Reporting by Rich McKay; editing by John Stonestreet)
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