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Rescue teams find 2 bodies in burned area of Valley Fire

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The death toll from the Valley Fire has risen to three after a search team discovered two bodies in Hidden Valley and Anderson Springs. (KGO-TV)

A search teams discovered human remains on Thursday in Hidden Valley and Anderson Springs, two areas burned by the Valley Fire in Lake County.

Lake County officials say, based on the location and evidence found at Hidden Valley, they believe the remains are presumed to be those of Bruce Beven Burns, who was reported missing on September 15.

Officials also say it's likely that remains found at Anderson Springs are that of 69-year-old Leonard Neft, a former reporter with the San Jose Mercury News.

Officials believe the remains found at Anderson Springs, Calif., are that of 69-year-old Leonard Neft, a former reporter with the San Jose Mercury News.



Neft's wife, Adela, says she last spoke to her husband on Saturday, after the fire broke. "Last time I talked to him, he said he didn't think he could get out, but he thought he could hike out if he had to," she said.

Medical examiners will now work to confirm the identities of the two men.

Rescue teams have already confirmed the identity of 72-year-old Barbara McWilliams, a former school teacher with multiple sclerosis. She was found in her burned home in Middletown on Sunday.

At least one more man is missing. Search teams are trying to find out what may have happened to him.

The Valley Fire has now scorched more than 73,700 acres and is 35 percent contained. The massive blaze has destroyed at least 585 homes and thousands of structures are still being threatened.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District warns smoke from the fire could drift into the Bay Area today.

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It has been cold and damp at the Napa County Fairgrounds Thursday morning where nearly 900 evacuees are staying. Cal Fire has no estimated time for when people will be allowed home.



Firefighters at the front lines greeted yesterday's rain with relief and evacuees embraced the water, saying they hope it prevents one more family from losing everything.

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History was lost on Cobb Mountain where a chimney is all that is left of the Hoberg's Resort, it stood for more than 100 years, wiped out by a wildfire that continues to burn.

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"You just can't believe what you're seeing, years of work, years of time, dedication by hundreds of people that worked on the project and most importantly, the history of this place, been here since 1885 it was a historical landmark that can never be replaced," said Hoberg's Resort owner Dan Nelson.



Hot weather returns this weekend, but for now that isn't the focus. Evacuees are taking it one hour, one day at a time waiting to restart their lives.

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