Evacuations ordered in N. Calif. wildfire

August 11, 2009 12:33:26 PM PDT
One of several lightning-caused fires in Northern California is endangering a handful of homes and prompting evacuations. Firefighters were evacuating 10 homes and one business in Shasta County northwest of Burney, more than 200 miles north of Sacramento.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman James Stewart says fire crews are cutting more lines to protect houses.

The blaze was sparked by an Aug. 2 lightning storm and grew overnight from 4,300 acres to 5,000 acres - nearly eight square miles. It was almost 70 percent contained on Tuesday.

Firefighters say they also are nearing containment on other fires in Shasta, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.


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