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The Latest: Southern California, Sierra fires continue to grow

RESCUE, California. – The Latest on California’s devastating forest fires (all times are local):

7:40 pm

A wildfire in the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California has grown to 18 square miles (46 square kilometers).

The authorities say that only 3 percent of the fire perimeter was recorded Friday morning. Calm but strong wind is expected through the afternoon.

The fire was allegedly intentionally Wednesday and quickly spread through the timber and brush near the town of Idyllwild and other communities about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.

More than 4,900 structures are threatened and an estimated 6,000 people have been evacuated.

In the Sierra Nevada, the Ferguson Fire continues to grow, just outside of Yosemite National Park.

The authorities say that it is now almost 72 square miles (186 square kilometers), but the inclusion is increased to 29 percent.

Yosemite Valley and the Wawona and Mariposa Grove areas of the national park remain closed.

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7:10 pm

Hundreds of people fled their homes as a result of a massive Northern California wildfire are crowding into shelters as the glow lit up the sky with a red glow.

Videos posted to social media-long lines of cars that slowly on a highway in the vicinity of the city of Redding as the forest fire rages on the hills behind.

Dozens of refugees is going to Shasta College, where officials have a shelter. A shelter is set up at an elementary school.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered overnight for the city of Shasta Lake, which has about 10,000 inhabitants.

People in the western part of the Rescue, with more than 92,000 inhabitants, was also asked to evacuate.

The blaze grew overnight to 70 square miles (180 square kilometers).

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6:40 pm

More evacuations are ordered as a devastating wildfire torches an area in and around the Northern California town of Redding.

The fire that broke out Monday exploded late Thursday and drove in small communities west of Redding before entering the city.

Fire officials say dozens of houses have been burned, although the circumstances make it impossible to determine an accurate count, and the number could climb much higher.

A bulldozer operator on the fire lines was killed and three firefighters suffered burns. Some citizens have also been injured.

Mandatory evacuations were extended overnight to the city of Shasta Lake, which has about 10,000 inhabitants.

s of Rescue, with more than 92,000 inhabitants and is the largest city in the region, also have been evacuated.

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2 hours

An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities, killing a bulldozer operator on the fire lines, burning three firefighters, and destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands of terrified residents to flee.

Fire swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick for the jump of the Sacramento River on Thursday, and the attainment of Salvation It is a city of approximately 92,000 people and is the largest in the region.

Residents in the western part of the Salvation that is not yet under evacuation orders were caught off guard and had to flee with little notice, causing miles-long traffic jams as the flames turned the sky orange.

Many firefighters turned their attention from the flames to get people out alive.

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