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California wildfires force thousands of evacuations

At least one person has been killed, four firefighters injured and 23,000 forced to flee their homes as wildfires continued to rage largely unchecked through California.

One blaze known as the Valley fire, north of San Francisco, has been going since Saturday and has been declared to be zero percent contained.

The Valley fire was responsible for the sole fatality so far for the season - firefighters were called but were unable to reach a woman before her suburb was engulfed in flames. An unspecified number of people remain unaccounted for.

Another, called the Butte fire, burning southeast of Sacramento, was declared 30 percent contained.

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