Another body found in rubble, raising death toll to 6 in Northern California …

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Another body found, raising death toll to 6 in NorCal fires.

COBB, Calif. – Another body has been found in a burned-out home in Northern California, bringing the death toll to six from two of the state’s more destructive wildfires in recent memory, authorities said Wednesday.The body, which authorities believe to be 66-year-old Robert Taylor Fletcher, was located in the rubble of what ABC News reports to be a burned-out Lake County home.Authorities say they are expecting to find several bodies amid the smoldering ruins of a northern California county hard-hit by a drought-fueled wildfire, as residents began to pick through what remained of their homes. “Hopefully we get a little bit more rain”.

Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Brooks said four people have been reported missing in the fire, and authorities have not ruled out the possibility that additional victims would be found as damage assessment teams comb through the wreckage. McWilliams’ remains were discovered in her home in Anderson Springs and Burns’ remains were located on the grounds on which he lived– his brother’s recycling business in Lake County. The fire that sped through Middletown and other parts of rural Lake County, less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, has continued to burn since Saturday despite a massive firefighting effort. Hittson said she called the sheriff’s office twice Saturday and CalFire on Sunday, only to be told by dispatchers, “we will get out there when we can”.

California Highway Patrol Officer Kory Reynolds, right, is hugged by local resident Sabrina Jose after she was escorted back to her home, which survived a wildfire days earlier, Wednesday, September 16, 2015, in Middletown, Calif. Mark McCloud, 66, and Owen Goldsmith, 82, died after rejecting orders to evacuate their Calaveras County homes, said Lynnette Round, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. That fire, and the blaze about 120 miles (190 kilometres) to the southeast, have displaced 23,000 people and were the worst of a dozen wildfires burning in the state.

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