The Last: 10 more buildings destroyed as wildfire grows

SAN FRANCISCO – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

9:20 pm

Fire officials say 10 more buildings have been burned and that the largest forest fire in Northern California is still growing.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Monday that the fire in Lake County, north of San Francisco is now almost 13 square miles (21 square kilometers).

About 3,000 people have been ordered evacuated from the most endangered area.

Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Corey Pavlich said the area is still too dangerous to inspect, so that civil servants are not an accurate estimate of home destroyed or damaged. Officials say 600 buildings are threatened.

Pavlich said on 16 residents spent the night in the county’s evacuation center about 120 miles (193 km) north of San Francisco.


9:00 pm

A Northern California police officer who helps residents to flee a wildfire had his house destroyed by the fire.

Red Bluff Police Lt. Matt Hansen said Monday that a Corporal Reuben Murgia was the help of residents to evacuate when his pregnant wife and three young children were also ordered to leave the house.

Hansen says that the family escaped safely, and the 32-year-old Murgia completed his 12-hour shift on Saturday, but has been given time off to help his family to recover.

Hansen said a local fundraising effort for Murgia has generated approximately $10,000 in cash, furniture and clothing.

Hansen said replaced Murgia lost clothing is complicated by the fact that the 6-year department veteran, is 6 feet, 8 inches (2 meters high and weighs 300 pounds (136 kilograms).

Hansen says Murgia orders most of his clothes online because the stores rarely carry clothes that fit him.


7 hours

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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