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Vehicles and homes destroyed by the Mill Fire line a neighborhood in Weed, Calif., in this Sept. 3 file photo. On Wednesday, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office identified two women who died in the fire: Marilyn Hilliard, 73, and Lorenza Glover, 65. [AP Photo/Noah Berger]

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two Weed, Calif., residents killed in the Sept. 2 mill fire as 73-year-old Marilyn Hilliard and 65-year-old Lorenza Glover.

The two women lived in different areas within or near the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Weed.

The fire, reported at 12:49 p.m. on September 2, started at the Roseburg Forest Products veneer plant on the edge of Weed.

The fire started Friday afternoon at the start of Labor Day weekend and quickly raged through Lincoln Heights, driven by high winds and high temperatures. Within hours, the fire reached Lake Shastina, a community 9 miles away.

The fire burned 3,935 acres, destroyed 118 structures, damaged 26 structures and injured three people, including firefighters and civilians.

The fire was declared fully contained at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Cal Fire Siskiyou Unit Facebook page.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Cal Fire, but Roseburg Forest Products said last week that its veneer plant appeared to have been the source of ignition. The company said it was setting up a $50 million community restoration fund to help the community recover from the fire.