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Andrew Dodds mans the water line as firefighters work to start a backfire to contain the Butte fire on Fricot City road near Sheeps Ranch, Calif. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

More than 500 homes have been destroyed in a wildfire that is burning in Calaveras and Amador counties.

The tally comes as thousands of fire personnel continue to make progress against the Butte fire, which has burned 70,760 acres since it erupted Sept. 9.

The blaze, which has killed two people, is now 65% contained, though multiple evacuations remain in place, said Cal Fire spokesman Joshua Rubinstein.

“It’s a great emotional toll for a lot of these folks,” he said.

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