Sixth body found in areas scorched by massive California wildfires

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California Fires Kill at Least Six.

A body was 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, the authorities said Wednesday. 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. 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.

While a positive identification has not been made, “based on the location and evidence found at the Cobb location,” the remains are presumed to be Fletcher’s. 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. Two people have been killed in the Butte Fire, which covered around 110 square miles and was 84 percent contained Wednesday after breaking out on Sept. 9, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

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