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PHOTOS: Wildfires incinerate homes in California

At least one person has been killed.

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EXPLOSIVE WILDFIRES HAVE destroyed hundreds of homes in California and killed at least one person.

One wildfire incinerated homes, apartment blocks and hundreds of other buildings as it raced through rural communities in Northern California’s Lake County.

Thousands of people have fled their homes.

A second massive wildfire, less than 200 miles away, is blamed for destroying 135 homes as it spread through Amador and Calaveras counties in the Sierra Nevada.

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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection confirmed one fatality in the Lake County wildfire that raced through dry brush and exploded in size within hours.

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Firefighters are working to get the blazes under control.

Resident Teri Molini said she first heard word of the Lake County fire on Saturday afternoon and raced out of her house with the family dog, blankets and mementos. Four hours later, she could see the flames from where she sought shelter.

“We said: ‘OK, this thing’s a beast’,” Molini told AP.

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