Sep 18, 2014 4:15 PM by News Staff
The final count is in on homes and other buildings destroyed by the Boles Fire that tore through the small city of Weed.
Weed city administrator Ron Stock said Thursday that 143 homes and nine other buildings were destroyed. The other buildings include churches and office buildings.
Officials previously said 110 homes were destroyed and 90 others were damaged.
Stock says he hopes the state will declare the burned debris hazardous waste to speed its removal and defray costs. The state would cover 75 percent of the cost and the city 25 percent if the debris receives that designation.
Cal Fire officials say the fire burned 375 acres and as of Thursday morning it is 65 percent contained. Evacuation orders are still in effect for the community of Angel Valley.
Residents are expected to be allowed to return to the burned areas once utility crews finished restoring power, water and telephone service.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)