The Latest: California wildfire grows, evacuees in limbo

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

3:35 pm

One of the 1,500 people forced from their homes by a Northern California wildfire raging in the vicinity of their city says they do not know when they will be able to return home.

Deborah Edwards, of Spring Valley says that the city was last weekend, when her neighbor called to tell her that her officials had ordered a mandatory evacuation like a fire, grew up in Lake County.

Edwards, who is 67, says she and her husband drove seven hours on Sunday to the two Labradors of an evacuation centre where the neighbor who brought them. The couple and their dogs are now staying with friends in the near Lakeport.

Officials say that the fire north of San Francisco had grown to almost 18 square miles (46 square kilometers).

The blaze has destroyed 22 buildings, and threatens 600 buildings.


8:10 pm

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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