- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

JAMESBURG, Calif. (AP) - The latest on California wildfires (all times local):

4 p.m.

California officials say a wildfire burning in Lake County caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage but a final figure is still being determined.

Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, says the fire destroyed 1,900 structures, including 1,238 homes.

The blaze has charred 118 square miles and was 80 percent contained Wednesday.

Ghilarducci says the blaze left 3,000 people homeless.

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2:15 p.m.

Authorities say a man’s suicide started a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 12 homes and eight other small buildings and prompted the evacuation of nearby residents.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that firefighters found the suicide victim’s body Saturday near the fire’s ignition point.

The blaze started Saturday afternoon near the small town of Jamesburg, 140 miles south of San Francisco. The sheriff’s department declined to release the cause of death or details of how the fire started, saying an investigation continues.

The man’s identity wasn’t disclosed.

The fire has charred a little more than a square mile since it started about 30 miles east of the coastal city of Monterey. Firefighter says it is 81 percent contained.

Two other wildfires in Northern California have left six people dead.

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10:45 a.m.

Another body has been found in a burned-out home in Northern California, bringing the death toll to six from two of the state’s more destructive wildfires in recent memory.

Authorities say the body was found Tuesday night in the rubble of a fire in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Sheriff’s officials found the remains in the Cobb area and believe they belong to 66-year-old Robert Taylor Fletcher, whose home was destroyed. He was last seen Sept. 16.

Officials say 61-year-old Robert Litchman of Lake County was still missing as of Wednesday.

Three other people were found dead in the rubble of that blaze last week.

Meanwhile, two bodies were found in homes destroyed in a separate wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

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