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Firefighters gain ground in battle against deadliest wildfires in California

California Wildfires (MGN)

SONOMA, CA (WGME) -- Firefighters are gaining ground in their battle against the deadliest wildfires in California’s history.

Two of the largest fires are now nearly 50 percent contained.

At least 38 people are dead and 57-hundred homes and other buildings destroyed.

Chris Martinez, reporting from Sonoma, said more than 9,000 firefighters are battling more than a dozen large fires across the state. He also says thousands of people remain evacuated from their homes this weekend, and officials say they won't allow them to return until the fire danger subsides.

Local officials say are still working to assess all the damage.

“The count stands at 5,700 damaged and destroyed structures,” stated Dave Teter, California Fire Deputy Director.

At least 20 investigators are working to figure out the cause of the fires, but it could be weeks before they have any answers.

The fires are taking a massive financial toll on the region, and insurers estimate the damage could top 6 billion dollars.

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