Butte, Valley fires expected to be out next week

Sep 25, 2015 1:57 PM by News Staff

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say two of the state's more destructive wildfires in recent memory are expected to be out by next week.

The fire in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, has killed four people, destroyed more than 1,900 structures and charred 118 square miles. It was 90 percent contained Friday. It has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says that fire and another one burning about 170 miles southeast, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, will likely be controlled by "early next week."

The fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties has killed two people, charred about 110 square miles and destroyed 820 structures. It was 93 percent contained Friday. State and federal officials are expected to announce damage estimates later Friday.

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