California fire forces evacuations, 5 homes saved

3:47 PM, Jul 6, 2012   |    comments
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REDDING, California - Authorities say a 1,200-acre wildfire near Redding in Northern California is now 40 percent contained after destroying two outbuildings and damaging five homes.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant on Friday says about 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze as five homes were damaged, yet spared from being destroyed.

Berlant says 80 homes are still under evacuation Friday while progress is being made on the fire front. The evacuations are for neighborhoods in southwest Redding and the Happy Valley area. Some roads in the area remain closed.

The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Thursday. Berlant says the fire moved swiftly due to dry weather conditions. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Associated Press

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