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Crews make progress against Placer County wildfire

Posted: July 13, 2012 11:30 a.m.
Updated: July 13, 2012 11:30 a.m.


FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) — Crews made progress Friday against a stubborn wildfire in Placer County that forced the evacuation of about 300 people, but warm, windy weather had firefighters on edge.

The blaze, which is burning in a steep, heavily wooded area, was threatening 150 homes and could endanger the small community of Colfax if it crosses into a nearby canyon.

"There has not been a lot of fire activity in this area for a long time, so there's a lot of brush, a lot of dry fuels ripe for burning," state fire spokesman Brice Bennett said.

However, fire activity was down overnight, helping crews constructing a fire line, he said.

The fire began Wednesday and grew in the windy, hot weather. It has blackened nearly 2 square miles and was 10 percent contained.

With more warm temperatures, low humidity and winds expected Friday, Bennett said there was still a lot of work to do.

Farther north, the Mill Fire had burned more than 36 square miles in Mendocino National Forest and destroyed five outbuildings. Three people were injured, and the blaze was 45 percent contained.

All roads and trails in the Stonyford area have been closed, and evacuations were still in effect for Fouts Springs, Bonnie View and Board Camp Springs. Campgrounds within the Upper Letts Lake area were also under evacuation orders.

In Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Flat Fire was burning about 30 miles west of Weaverville and had scorched more than a square mile.

The fire briefly closed Highway 299 Wednesday, and traffic escorts remained in place Friday. The fire was about 20 percent contained.

In Colusa County, firefighters had completely contained the Sites Complex Fire.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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