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Firefighters gain ground against a Northern California wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO – the Firefighters are gaining ground against a Northern California wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes and destroyed 12 houses.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire in Lake County, north of San Francisco is 25 percent contained Wednesday morning, a 17 percent increase on Tuesday.

The flame burns through dry brush, grass and wood has scorched 21 square miles (54 square kilometers) since it began on Saturday and is threatening 600 buildings.

State fire officials say the high temperatures in the 80s, low humidity and erratic winds helped the blaze to expand and on Tuesday and that same weather was expected on Wednesday.

At least 1500 people remain under mandatory evacuation.

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