California Wildfires Burn Homes, Force Evacuations

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Felton, Calif (AP) Fast-moving, wind-driven wildfires destroyed at least ten homes and forced the closure of a whole town in Northern California.

Thousands more homes are threatened by the fires.

The worst of the fires covers nearly 30 square miles and has prompted authorities to close all roads to the Butte County town of paradise north of Sacramento. Several thousand of the 30,000 people who live there have been ordered to get out.

Hot temperatures, steady winds and tinder-dry vegetation and trees have fueled blazes from Butte County to The Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County.

Meantime, a wildfire that broke out on a military training site in southeastern Colorado has doubled in size to more than 65 square miles. It's burning on mostly remote, rugged land but is threatening eight ranches.

North Carolina has issued a code red air-quality notice through Friday for the Raleigh-Chapel Hill-Durham triangle because of smoke from a more-than-60-square-mile wildfire in the far eastern part of the state.

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