California wildfires death toll rises to 5

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LOS ANGELES: The death toll from monster wildfires raging in northern California has risen to five with the discovery of two new victims, authorities said on Thursday. Both were killed in the so-called Valley fire, one of two giant blazes that have destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced thousands in the drought-stricken state. Three people were previously known to have died in the Valley and Butte wildfires. All were found in their homes, two in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and a third in Lake County. Eight major fires are currently burning in California, with close to 30 ablaze across the country including in the states of Washington, Oregon, Utah, Montana and Florida.

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