MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – The latest on wildfires raging in California (all times local):
Crews who made gains overnight on one of the worst wildfires in California history are mopping up hot spots and strengthening control lines north of San Francisco.
The fire, which has killed at least three people and destroyed nearly 1,700 homes and other buildings, was 70 percent contained Monday. About 3,500 homes are still threatened by the blaze, considered the fourth-worst in state history based on total structures burned.
Officials say crews assessing damage this weekend counted 162 more destroyed homes. The fire has charred 118 square miles.
A much smaller blaze south in Monterey County was 30 percent contained after destroying 10 homes. Firefighters found a body inside a charred vehicle after the fire began Saturday, but investigators are looking at the man's death as a possible suicide.