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At least one person dies after wildfire devastates several Northern California towns

Published 14/09/2015 | 10:47

Flames continue to burn near gas lines at a destroyed apartment complex Sunday, September 13, 2015, in Middletown, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Flames continue to burn near gas lines at a destroyed apartment complex Sunday, September 13, 2015, in Middletown, California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

At least one person has died and 400 homes and businesses were destroyed after a wildfire devastated several Northern California towns.

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Firefighters continue to battle the out-of-control blaze north of San Francisco in Lake County.

California department of forestry and fire protection spokeswoman Lynn Valentine said the fire has destroyed 400 homes, two apartment complexes and 10 businesses.

Most of the destruction occurred in the communities of Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake, as well as homes along a highway.

The fire has burned 78 square miles since it broke out on Saturday afternoon.

The devastation comes after a separate wildfire to the south-east destroyed at least 81 homes.

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