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(MIDDLETOWN, Calif.) — One person is dead as the Valley Fire continues to cause destruction throughout Northern California due to high winds and arid conditions.

Cal Fire confirmed to ABC News late Sunday that one person has died in the Valley Fire.

On Sunday, the Valley Fire spread rapidly through Northern California, hitting 40,000 acres in one day. State Senator Mike McGuire said the fire has forced thousands of people to evacuate.

“This word of unprecedented is used quite often, but we have not seen a fire like this in decades,” said McGuire. “We are facing historic conditions in our community.”

Cal Fire told ABC News Sunday up to 1,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the blaze so far.

One Middletown resident who was evacuated said his neighbor doesn’t have a home anymore.

“The house next to mine is gone,” he said. “The other side, we fought a couple of fires, we jumped the fence into their yard and fought a couple of spot fires. That house is saved but everything else there – there’s two hours – and everything else around it is gone.”

As of Sunday night, officials said the Valley Fire was 0 percent contained.

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