Fire crews gain ground against Northern California wildfire

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 27, 2018

Fire crews are gaining ground against a Northern California wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes and has destroyed 12 homes.

CAL FIRE says the Pawnee Fire in Lake County north of San Francisco is 25 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, up from 17 percent on Tuesday.

The blaze burning through dry brush, grass and timber has scorched 13,500 acres since it started on Saturday and is threatening 600 buildings.

State fire officials say high temperatures in the 80s, low humidity and erratic winds helped the blaze expand on Tuesday and that the same weather was expected on Wednesday.

At least 1,500 people remain under mandatory evacuation.