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Wildfires in California devastate 1 lakh hectares, threaten homes

7 homes destroyed, 12,000 under threat 

Upper Lake: Firefighters struggling to contain destructive northern California wildfires found themselves facing a new blaze that erupted on Tuesday and drove through a rural area near a national forest. About 60 homes in an old ranching and farming area near Covelo, which is about 290 km north of San Francisco, were ordered evacuated as the blaze erupted late in the afternoon.

Gusty winds quickly drove it through about a square mile of brush and grasslands, oak, pine and timber near Mendocino National Forest, Mendocino County Undersheriff Matthew Kendall said.

“We’re advised that the fire was threatening structures,” he said. However, there were no immediate reports of homes being burned. Firefighting aircraft were called in but it was unclear when they might arrive because many already were engaged in other fires, Kendall said.

Around 64 km to the south, twin fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties have destroyed at least seven homes and threatened an estimated 12,000 more, fire officials said. Jessyca Lytle fled a fast-moving Northern California wildfire in 2015 that spared her property but destroyed her mother’s memorabilia-filled home in rural and rugged Lake County.

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