Californians Celebrate First Rain Since Deadly Wildfires Began

Rain moved into the San Francisco Bay Area Wednesday, November 21, bringing relief to an area that had seen heavy smoke and smog from the northern California wildfire in recent days.

The San Francisco Chronicle said it was the first rain the Bay Area had seen since early October. The Camp Fire started in the mountains north of the area on November 8 and has burned more than 150,000 acres since then. The Chronicle also reported that the area around Paradise, where the fire started, will see up to six inches of rain on Wednesday, but the precipitation is unlikely to quickly change the air quality in that area.

The Camp Fire destroyed thousands of homes and other structures and killed at least 81 people. Hundreds more remain missing. Credit: Peter Gali via Storyful