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MIDDLETOWN (AP) —

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed at least 1,200 homes and killed at least three people.

The declaration issued Tuesday for the Valley Fire that broke out in Lake County releases federal money for recovery and cleanup.

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The devastating wildfire that started Sept. 12 ranks among the state’s most destructive.

The Lake County sheriff said Tuesday that authorities continue to search for two men reported missing. They are 61-year-old Robert Litchman of Middletown and 66-year-old Robert Fletcher of Cobb.

His office has had reports of 15 missing people since the fire began.