9pm UPDATE: Valley Fire kills one person, destroys hundreds of homes & businesses

Sep 14, 2015 12:00 AM

Authorities say a wildfire that overtook several Northern California towns has killed at least one person and destroyed more than 400 homes and businesses.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman released the tally Sunday evening as firefighters continue to battle the out-of-control blaze north of San Francisco in Lake County.

Lynn Valentine says officials confirmed one fatality, though she has no immediate information on the deceased.

She says the fire has destroyed 400 homes, two apartment complexes and 10 businesses. Most of the destruction occurred in the communities of Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake, as well as homes along a shuttered highway.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon and exploded in size within hours. It has burned 78 square miles.

There are 12 other major fires burning in the drought-stricken state.


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