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Northern California wildfire 25 percent contained

August 25, 2014
Associated Press

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews working through the night in steep terrain are building containment lines around a wildfire near the rural Northern California town of Weaverville that forced the evacuation of about 200 homes.

CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said early Monday that the fire is 25 percent contained.

She says the flames did not spread overnight. The fire has burned a little more than 1 square mile, or 650 acres, of timber and brush about 2 miles west of the Gold Rush-era boomtown.

Hartman says the blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, has damaged one structure, likely a barn or a large outbuilding.

Officials say daylight will bring increased risks as gusty winds and dry conditions return.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville forced the evacuation of about 150 homes and is threatening about 500 additional residences, authorities said Monday.

The fire about 2 miles west of Weaverville was also threatening about 20 businesses and facilities, including the town airport and high school, said Lilly Wyatt, a spokeswoman with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

The fire was sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, the main road into town, and rapidly grew to a little more than 1 square miles, or 650 acres, state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

Berlant said crews struggled to contain the blaze because of the steep terrain, plus gusty winds and dry conditions that were fueling the flames.

Wyatt, whose office was coordinating the response to the fire, said about 380 firefighters were battling the blaze.

Fire officials said early Monday that a shelter for evacuees was being moved later in the day from Weaverville Elementary School to the Baptist Church.

KRCR-TV reports the fire temporarily forced the closure of the highway, and school was canceled for Monday.

Weaverville is at the base of the Trinity Alps Wilderness area in Trinity County in far northern California. The Gold Rush-era boom town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

 
 

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