Hundreds of Millions in Damage Estimated in California Fire

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

California Fires Kill at Least Six.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – California officials said Wednesday a wildfire burning north of South Francisco has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, but a final figure is still being determined.The death toll in a large California wildfire has risen to four, after searchers found a body in the aftermath of a fire that has burned more than 118 square miles and destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings, officials said. Another body was found in the rubble in Lake County, bringing the death toll to six from that blaze and another in Northern California — two of the state’s more destructive wildfires in recent memory. Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, said the Lake County fire destroyed 1,900 structures, including 1,238 homes, and left 3,000 people homeless.

Lake County sheriff’s officials said they discovered the remains in the hard-hit Cobb area and believe they belong to Robert Taylor Fletcher, 66, who was last seen Sept. 16. Meanwhile, authorities in Monterey County said a man’s suicide was involved in the start of a wildfire that destroyed 12 homes and eight small buildings and prompted evacuations near the small town of Jamesburg, 140 miles south of San Francisco.

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.

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