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Twin fires California grow, threatening 9,000 buildings

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Twin fires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather continued to grow in Northern California.

California fire officials said on Monday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 km) north of San Francisco was 30 percent contained and have scorched 428 square miles (1,108 square kilometers).

The two fires are burning about 14 miles (22 km) of each other and have destroyed 75 homes. Another 9,000 buildings are threatened.

The two fires are related to an area that is larger than a deadly wildfire burning in the vicinity of Redding, California.

That blaze has killed two firefighters and five civilians, and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

The wildfire started two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer flat tire. It is 45 percent contained.

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