Environment & Science

Valley, Butte, Rough fires: updates, more lives lost

Firefighters stand guard as flames from the Butte Fire approach a containment line,Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 in San Andreas, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Firefighters stand guard as flames from the Butte Fire approach a containment line,Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 in San Andreas, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Update 12:48 p.m. Fire causes more fatalities 

A California fire has claimed two more lives, the Lake County Sheriff's Office revealed in a statement Thursday. 

On Wednesday at about 8:30 a.m. cadaver dogs conducted searches within the Valley Fire burn area and found human remains in the Hidden Valley and Anderson Springs areas. The Lake County Sheriff's Office made assumptions on the identities of the deceased based on missing person reports but the deceased persons have not been officially identified. 

Three civilians total have perished in the Valley Fire and four firefighters have been injured.

The Rough Fire also continues to burn, though the threat to state land was mitigated so the blaze remained on federal land, allowing the Cal Fire team to be available for other regional priorities, according to a U.S. Forest Service update

https://twitter.com/NWSHanford/status/644562316952932352

Weather conditions for the south zone of the fire will get warmer and drier but still remain optimal for fighting the blaze. 

-KPCC staff

Earlier: Butte Fire could have been caused by power line 

Fire investigators are looking into whether a fire in Northern California that has killed two people was sparked after a live tree came in contact with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power lines.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says the fire started on Butte Mountain Road in Amador County, but what sparked the blaze remains under investigation, according to AP.

PG&E says it is cooperating fully with the Cal Fire investigation and is reviewing the inspection and patrol data for 2014 and 2015 for the area near this fire.

-AP

This story has been updated.