The Clover Fire burning north of Sacramento has destroyed 196 buildings — including 68 homes — and has consumed 7,993 acres, or 12 1/2 square miles; the fire was 65 percent contained as of Thursday morning, with full containment expected by Sunday.
Authorities also found a burned body within the fire's perimeter, though it's unclear whether the person perished as a result of the fire.
Crews assessing the damage from a wildfire in Northern California have now determined that 68 homes were destroyed, up from the earlier tally of 37, a fire official said on Thursday.
The count of outbuildings destroyed by the Clover Fire in Shasta County also went up to 128 from 74. Additionally, five homes were damaged, one more than previously thought, state fire information officer Roy Del Carlo told the Associated Press.
On Tuesday, sheriff's deputies found a burned body in the fire's perimeter. Brian Stanley Henry, 56, was found inside a motor home that was destroyed by the fire, officials said. Deputies discovered his body while checking his home in the community of Igo at his family's request, according to the AP.
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The fire began Monday afternoon in the community of Happy Valley, about 150 miles north of Sacramento, and winds sent it spreading at 500 acres an hour. Residents were given just minutes to grab their belongings and leave, as the fire jumped roads and engulfed homes.
About 300 homes were evacuated. An update from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection indicated some people could begin returning home starting late Thursday morning, but full repopulation was expected to take days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up an evacuation center at the Ono-Igo Community Church.
"They are letting people back in very slowly. It is pretty devastating to see everyone go through the heartbreak of losing everything they owned," said Jessica Frazier, who was born and raised in the Igo area.
Frazier, 40, wrote in an email to KPCC that her family has lived in the area since at least the early 1900s and that her parents still live in Igo.
"We are used to the fires in the area because it is quite woodsy. It's what we love about living there but this fire was quick and took everyone by surprise," Frazier wrote.
Completely wiped out
"Properties that have been in their families for 40 or 50 years were completely wiped out. My bus driver from grade school lost his home. His daughter, who was also a bus driver for many years while I was in grade school, lost her home. People I went to school with have completely lost everything."
At least four people have been injured in the fire, according to CalFire, and Frazier said people have lost their animals, too. Frazier was taking pictures of the fire from the Ono-Igo Community Church one night when she got word a local farm was ready to take on displaced animals and livestock.
"So I turned to the first guy I see and told him that if he or someone else he knows has large livestock then they could take them to the high school farm. He told me that none of his animals made it out," she wrote.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
Del Carlo told the AP that crews were continuing to make progress against the blaze.
This story has been updated.