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Northern California wildfires prompt evacuations, burn homes

SAN FRANCISCO – Wind-driven wildfires to break out across Northern California, forced thousands of residents to flee their homes in rural regions north of San Francisco.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Monday that the large fires continue to grow and threaten hundreds of homes and businesses, but there are no reports of injuries or deaths.

Approximately 3000 residents were evacuated, homes in Lake County at the weekend where a forest fire is not included in all grew to 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) and destroyed 12 buildings.

Further to the north, authorities order residents to evacuate in Tehama and Shasta county.

Officials say that the Tehama wildfire grew to 4 square miles (6 square kilometers), destroyed more residences and businesses and is threatening 200 more. Officials said the fire is 20 percent contained.

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