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Valley, Butte fires expected to be extinguished by next week

This aerial image from Friday shows a burned structure in Cobb, Calif.
This aerial image from Friday shows a burned structure in Cobb, Calif. The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)/AP

Firefighters continue to make progress battling the Butte and Valley fires, which are now roughly 90 percent contained.

Fire officials say the wildfires are expected to be out by next week, The Associated Press reported.

The Valley fire, which is now ranked one of the top three most destructive wildfires in California history, was 90 percent contained Friday morning after burning through 76,067 acres in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.

The fire has killed four people and destroyed 1,910 structures. Cobb in Lake County is the only area remaining under a mandatory evacuation.

Red Cross shelters are still open at Grace church in Kelseyville and Lake County at the Twin Pine Casino in Middletown.

Road closures remain in effect for Lake County at Big Canyon Road, south of Perini Cut-off; SR-175, south of Rockys Road; Harrington Flat Road, south of Sulphur Creek Road; Bottle Rock Road, south of High Valley Road; Big Canyon Road at Harbin Springs Road; and SR-175, south of Socrates Mine Road.

The Butte fire is 93 percent contained. Started east of Jackson on Sept. 9, the fire has destroyed nearly 500 homes and burned 70,868 acres.

All mandatory evacuations and road closures have been lifted. Evacuation centers are still open at the Jackson Rancheria Hotel, Jenny Lind Veterans Hall in Valley Springs, and Glory Bound Fellowship in Burson.

Large animal pet shelters are at the Calaveras and Amador county fairgrounds.

Mariam Baksh: 916-321-1673, @MariamBaksh

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