Northern Calif. fire forces thousands to evacuate

2:55 AM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Thousands of people are being evacuated ahead of a wildfire burning a rugged area of thick forests near some rural communities in far northern California.

The fire began at midday Saturday. It's destroyed four homes and consumed nearly 11 square miles. Fire officials say about 3,500 homes are threatened -- including a "good majority" that are under immediate threat. Many are in the path of the fire.

No part of the blaze had been contained Sunday and fire activity has picked up.

The fire, about 170 miles north of Sacramento, is one of handful of new fires in Northern California.

Meanwhile, in Washington state, better weather conditions over the weekend have helped firefighters gain ground on the fire that has scorched dozens of homes east of the Cascades.

Firefighters have also made progress at a wildfire near Grand Coulee Dam that burned about 17 square miles.

Hundreds of homes in Idaho are under a mandatory evacuation order. They're in an area of recreation getaways about 100 miles northeast of Boise. They're in the path of a 130-square-mile wildfire that's been burning for two weeks.

(Associated Press)

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