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10 homes burned, over 1,000 more threatened in hard-hit California area

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OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Ten homes have been destroyed and 1,300 more are threatened near the Northern California town of Oroville.
    
The area has already been hard-hit by fire and a massive evacuation earlier this year caused by damage to sections of the nation's tallest dam.
    
Authorities on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of starting an illegal campfire believed to have ignited the blaze that has also damaged five homes.

As of Thursday morning, the Ponderosa fire in Butte County had burned more than 3,100 acres and was 10 percent contained. 


It's one of many wildfires burning across the U.S. West, including blazes in and around California's Yosemite National Park that have closed a popular road into the park, shuttered the iconic Wawona Hotel and evacuated nearby towns.
    
About 58 homes near the park were destroyed earlier this summer.

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