Two dead in Butte Fire in Calaveras County

UPDATE: A second person has been confirmed dead in the Butte Fire.

Authorities say a body has been found in a wildfire burning in Northern California’s Sierra Nevada foothills.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department says the body was found Wednesday in an area burned by a wildfire 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.

Sgt. Anthony Eberhardt says it was found at a burned-out home in the Mokelumne Hill area.

The blaze in Amador and Calaveras counties has destroyed at least 233 homes. It has charred more than 110 square miles and was 45 percent contained Wednesday.

Elsewhere in Northern California, cadaver dogs were used Wednesday to search for a former police reporter and several other people who authorities fear were killed in another fast-moving wildfire.

That wildfire was in rural Lake County, less than 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Calaveras County (KRON) The Butte fire in Calaveras County has also turned deadly. Cal Fire just announced one person has been found dead.

Fire crews are gaining ground against a fire in the Gold Rush country of the Sierra Nevada foothills that has destroyed more than 400 homes and structures.

The blaze in Amador and Calaveras Counties has charred more than 110 square miles and was 45 percent contained on Wednesday. It is still threatening another 6,400 structures.

Forecasters say the area could see some rain Wednesday.

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