Environment & Science

Containment on 2 Northern California wildfires coming soon

Sculptures of deer stand in a residential neighborhood destroyed by wildfires in Cobb, California, on September 15, 2015.
Sculptures of deer stand in a residential neighborhood destroyed by wildfires in Cobb, California, on September 15, 2015.
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Fire officials say two of Northern California's more destructive wildfires in recent memory are expected to be contained by early next week.

The fire in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, has killed four people, destroyed more than 1,900 structures and charred 118 square miles. It was 90 percent contained Friday. It has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says that fire and another one burning about 170 miles southeast, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, will likely be controlled by "early next week."

The fire in Amador and Calaveras Counties has killed two people, charred about 110 square miles and destroyed 820 structures. It was 93 percent contained Friday. State and federal officials are expected to announce damage estimates later Friday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday directed anyone affected by the Valley or Butte fires to an information page on how to apply for financial help.

This story has been updated.