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Valley Fire Now 75 Percent Contained; Losses Continue To Mount

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.

Elaine Thompson / AP

9:20 p.m. - Cal Fire reports containment of the Valley Fire has reached 75 percent, with 75,781 acres burned. An updated damage report shows 1,910 structures destroyed.

The latest incident report from Cal Fire includes:

Today firefighters continued to mop up and secure more of the fires perimeter. Damage Inspection Teams have nearly completed surveys of the fire area to determine how many structures have been destroyed. A second survey has been initiated to confirm initial findings. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 1910 structures; including 1238 single-family homes, 23 multi-family homes, 64 commercial structures, and 585 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. As surveys are completed and additional data is confirmed, the number of structures destroyed may rise. The Valley Fire now ranks among the top three most destructive wildfires in California history with so many structures destroyed, the damage assessment continues. Click here for information on structures destroyed.


3:25 p.m. - Updated damage reports by Cal Fire ranks The Valley Fire in Lake County as  the third most destructive fire in California history based on the number of structures burned to 1,783 structures burned.


9 a.m. - The Valley Fire in Lake County is now the fourth most destructive fire in California history based on the number of structures burned. Cal Fire says it counted 162 more homes over the weekend.

Lucas Spealman with Cal Fire says damage assessment teams are about 80 percent complete with counting up the destruction. 

"Everything has stopped burning as far as that's concerned," he says. "We're just going through and investigating at this point, so nothing increased as far as burning over the weekend. We don't have any active fire that's burning houses."

The number of fatalities stands at three.

"We're optimistic that we won't find anybody else," he says. " But obviously we're going to continue to search to make sure thateveryone is accounted for."

In total, 1,050 structures have burned in Lake County, many of them in Middletown. 

7:10 a.m. - The Valley Fire burning in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties is now 75,781 acres and 70 percent contained. 

According to Cal Fire, crews made gains overnight mopping up hot spots and strengthening control lines. Authorities expect to lift the mandatory evacuation orders of the communities of North Loch Lomond, Siegler Spirngs and Bonanza Springs at 5 p.m. Monday. 

6 a.m. - Cal Fire says the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, that has destroyed more than a thousand homes so far this month and is blamed for three deaths, is the fourth worst wildfire in the state's history based on total structures burned.

A 1991 fire in the Oakland Hills ranks as California's deadliest fire and its worst in the number of structures destroyed, at 2,900. A 2003 wildfire in San Diego County that killed 15 people and destroyed more than 2,800 structures ranks second, followed by a 2007 fire, also in San Diego County, that burned more than 1,600 structures.

The Valley Fire has charred 75,711 acres, and Cal Fire has it 69 percent contained. More than 3,500 structures are still threatened. 


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