Cadaver search dog handler Lynne Engelbert looks over the remains of a home in the Anderson Springs area of a man missing following a wildfire days earlier on Sept. 16, 2015, near Middletown, Calif.
Elaine Thompson—AP
September 17, 2015

Two more bodies were found in the burn zone of the monster wildfire raging north of San Francisco, authorities said Thursday, bringing the death toll to five from a pair of major wildfires in Northern California.

The remains are presumed to be those of Leonard Neft, a retired reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, who was reported missing on Monday, and of Bruce Burns, who was reported missing on Tuesday, authorities said.

The so-called Valley Fire, still only 35 percent contained, has destroyed almost 600 homes. Authorities have previously said that a 72-year-old disabled woman was killed Saturday

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