One dead as wildfire tears through Northern California

One dead as wildfire tears through Northern California

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

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.

One dead as wildfire tears through Northern California

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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