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Far Northern California Fire Destroys 30 Homes

By: AP
By: AP
Fire official: Blaze in far Northern California destroys 30 homes, damages others

AP Photo / The Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann

Sept. 10, 2013

REDDING, California (AP) — Fire officials say a wind-whipped wildfire in Northern California's Shasta County destroyed 30 homes and damaged others, as it quickly grew to more than 11 square miles.

Officials released revised damage estimates from the Clover Fire on Tuesday morning. The fire is burning in grass and oak around Happy Valley, a rural community about 150 miles north of Sacramento.

Fire spokesman Mike Witesman says the fire also has destroyed 50 outbuildings since it began Monday afternoon and is threatening another 300 homes.

About 600 people have been evacuated.

Witesman says the fire spread by about 500 acres an hour during its early stages, but crews have since made progress battling it. Containment increased from 5 to 40 percent overnight.


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