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California wildfire grows, among the 1,500 evacuation orders

SAN FRANCISCO – Fire officials say a blaze in Northern California that reason more than 1,000 people to flee their homes grew during the night and was on his way to a sparsely populated area.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Emily Smith said Tuesday that the fire in Lake County, north of San Francisco is now almost 18 square miles (46 square kilometers).

The flame burns through dry brush, grass and timber, has destroyed 12 homes since it began on Saturday and is threatening 600 structures.

About 1,500 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders.

Officials say that the unusually warm weather, winds and flammable vegetation proved to be brittle by drought helped fuel several fires that started in the weekend.

These circumstances have led to the state of the deadliest and most destructive fire year in 2017.

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