Calif. wildfire that killed 2, burned homes fully contained

Firefighter Sean Norman, right, and search dog handlers Lynne Engelbert, left, and Mary Cablk look over the remains of a home in the Anderson Springs area of a man missing following a wildfire days earlier Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, near Middletown, Calif. Aided by drought, the flames have consumed more than 100 square miles since the fire sped Saturday through rural Lake County, less than 100 miles north of San Francisco. Cooler weather helped crews gain ground and the fire was 30 percent contained Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) — A deadly and destructive wildfire in Northern California has been fully contained more than three weeks after it broke out.

The serious danger had long passed from the blaze that burned mostly in Calaveras County, but state fire officials on Thursday night declared it 100 percent contained.

The blaze that started in Amador County on Sept. 9 killed two men and destroyed 475 homes.

It had grown to nearly 111 square miles before its progress was stopped.

Another blaze in Lake County that killed four people and destroyed nearly 2,000 structures is 97 percent contained after burning for nearly three weeks.

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