WALKER (AP/CBS13) – A woman killed when a ferocious wildfire tore through a remote community in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada this week was identified as a 69-year-old woman, authorities said Friday.
The remains of Sallie Joseph were found in the debris of her burned home in Walker, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office said.READ MORE: Boy, 8, Hailed A Hero After Discovering Baby Sister Unresponsive In Pool
“Her family has been notified, and our hearts go out to them for their loss,” Sheriff Ingrid Braun said in a statement.
Dubbed the Mountain View Fire, the blaze erupted at midday Tuesday in Walker, one of several tiny communities along U.S. 395 near the California-Nevada state line.
Erratic, fierce winds spread flames rapidly spread the fire into a neighborhood, destroying more than 90 structures including some homes. The fire scorched more than 32 square miles (84 square kilometers) before overnight rain and snow all but doused it.READ MORE: Man Apologizes After Video Shows Street Vendor Attacked
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Almost all residents of Walker and nearby Coleville were displaced. The Red Cross housed 170 people Tuesday night at an inn in Minden, Nevada, that was designated as a temporary evacuation point.
The cause of the fire remained undetermined, the Sheriff’s Office said.MORE NEWS: Folsom Shuts Sutter Street Down To Open Businesses
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