Sixth body found in areas scorched by massive California wildfires

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California Fires Kill at Least Six.

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.The Monterey County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that a body was found at the site where the Tassajara fire began Saturday afternoon amid windy, hot conditions. — 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 most destructive wildfires in recent memory, authorities said Wednesday.

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. Human remains-detection dogs had earlier searched Fletcher’s Cobb home, which was destroyed by the fire, without finding him, and an anthropologist had been called in to assist. The bodies of three other people — Bruce Beven Burns, 65, Leonard Neft, 69, and Barbara McWilliams, 72 — were found in the rubble last week, NBC station KCRA reported. 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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