Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Crews Make Progress on Massive Butte and Valley Fires

After days of battling the massive Butte and Valley fires in Northern California, firefighters continue to make good progress Friday in containing the fire, reports KCRA.

In Amador and Calaveras counties, the Butte Fire stands at 70,760 acres burned and containment increased to 63 percent, according to Cal Fire.

More than 4,300 firefighters remain on the front lines of the wildfire, which has been burning for more than a week and has destroyed 503 homes and more than 300 other structures. There are more than 6,000 structures that remain threatened.

Two men died in separate instances in Calaveras County when they were unable to get out of their homes.

All evacuation orders were lifted for residents in Amador County, but some evacuations remain for people living in Calaveras County.

The Valley Fire in Lake County has charred 73,700 acres, but the 4,000 firefighters working the front lines were able to increase containment to 45 percent, Cal Fire said.

That fire has destroyed 585 homes and hundreds of other structures, but that number is expected to go up once crews are able to get into the burn area and better assess the region.

The fast-moving Valley Fire burning in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties has left much devastation for hundreds of residents, with the town of Middletown experiencing possibly the most destruction. Take a look at these images that paint a heart-breaking picture of the fire’s wrath.

 

Three people were confirmed dead when human remains were found in a few different neighborhoods, but there are still a couple more people who are reported missing, officials said.

Evacuations still remain for many residents living near where the Valley Fire has burned, but repopulation continued on Friday.

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