More than 1,400 homes have been destroyed in two of the biggest wildfires burning in California, officials said on Sunday, making them among the worst ever in the most populous US state.

The death toll rose to six after a person was killed in a new fire south of Monterey.

Responders were shifting to damage assessment for the Valley and Butte fires, which have each burned more than 70,000 acres (28,000 hectares), as they were approximately half and 70 per cent contained, respectively.

Mandatory evacuations for the Butte fire, burning about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Sacramento, were lifted Sunday, as were evacuations for some areas affected by the Valley fire, north of Napa Valley’s wine country.

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