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Fire crews make some gains against massive fires

Posted at 9:46 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 12:46:46-04

UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) – Fire officials say a massive blaze in Northern California that has killed six people and torched more than 1,000 homes grew overnight, fueled by wind.
    
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday firefighters made some gains and the blaze is now a third contained.
    
The fire burning for 11 days in and around the city of Redding is now 200 square miles (518 square kilometers).
    
It is now the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history and is threatening another 1,600 homes.
    
Fire crews battling another two wildfires burning 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Redding made some progress thanks to increase humidity overnight.
    
CalFire says the blazes about 14 miles (22 kilometers) apart are threatening 12,000 homes. Firefighters increased containment of those fires to almost 40 percent.

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