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 12:46 PM EDT

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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