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Valley Fire Evacuees Turn To Music To Help With Loss

Elaine Thompson / AP

Richard and Kathie Reeves embrace as they stand in the remains of the home of close friends that was destroyed in a wildfire several days earlier, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Middletown, Calif.

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April Dembosky | The California Report

The full extent of the damage isn't known yet, but fire officials can already say that the Valley Fire in Lake County and the Butte Fire are among the most damaging in the state's history. The Valley Fire is 35 percent contained, and it's destroyed more than 600 structures. That makes it the 9th most destructive fire in California history. The Butte Fire, which ranks 14th on the most destructive fires list. As for the human cost, in addition to the two confirmed deaths in Calaveras County, the Valley Fire has claimed one life, and survivors are anxiously waiting for word that they can return home. Many already know there isn't a home for them to go back to. People are turning to music to make sense of their losses.

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