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Rain Helps Firefighters Control Massive California Wildfires

Homes destroyed from fires are seen from an aerial view in Santa Rosa, Calif....

Photo by Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Above: Homes destroyed from fires are seen from an aerial view in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.

California authorities say firefighters made significant progress over the weekend combatting wildfires that devastated the state's famed wine country and nearby areas, killing 42 people and destroying 8,400 buildings.

RELATED: 7,000 Buildings Destroyed In Deadly Northern California Wildfires

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said Monday that several days of rainfall helped the firefighters and that authorities are confident most of the wildfires will be contained this week.

He says the largest fires are more than 90 percent contained.

Officials are almost finished with their assessment of property damage. Berlant says their count of buildings destroyed may rise slightly.

RELATED: Searchers Look For Bodies In Northern California's Charred Ruins

The fires started Oct. 8 and 9 and spread mostly in Sonoma and Napa counties north of San Francisco.

They were the deadliest and most destructive in California's history.

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