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2 more found dead after Valley Fire in California

Two more bodies have been recovered in buildings that were destroyed by the Valley Fire in Northern California, raising the death toll to at least 3.

Lt. Steve Brooks, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office, said Thursday that search and rescue workers located human remains at two separate locations on early Wednesday morning. The remains found in the Hidden Valley location are believed to be missing person Bruce Beven Burns while the remains found in the Anderson Springs area are believed to be those of 69-year-old former newspaper reporter Leonard Neft.

"Identification of the decedents is being withheld until positive identification can be made," Brooks said in an emailed statement. "The Sheriff’s Office and all first responders express their condolences to those who have been affected by this disaster. We are hopeful that the fire does not claim any more lives."

The Valley Fire, which started in Lake County on Saturday afternoon and has since spread to neighboring counties, is known to have destroyed at least 585 homes, as well as hundreds of other structures that have not yet been assessed. The wildfire has burnt more than 73,700 acres so far and is only 35 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE. The cause is still under investigation.

In addition to three deaths in the Valley Fire, two people are known to have died in the Butte Fire that has destroyed 233 homes.

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