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Aug 10, 2014 5:01 PM by Associated Press

Weather may hamper "stubborn" California wildfire

LAYTONVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say unsettling weather, including possible lightning strikes, may add fuel to an already stubborn wildfire in Northern California.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said Sunday that crews are bracing for another round of dry lightning as they battle a lightning-sparked blaze near Laytonville in Mendocino County.

Tolmachoff says a red flag warning also has been issued in the area in anticipation of the lightning strikes.

An evacuation order also remains in effect for the fire that currently threatens nearly 60 structures across six communities.

More than 2,000 firefighters and a dozen helicopters are battling the blaze which has charred about 12 square miles in steep and rugged terrain that is partially contained.

Tolmachoff says while crews are making some progress, she describes the fire as "stubborn."

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