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Firefighters battle home-threatening California blaze

Posted: 4:51 AM, Aug 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-23 07:51:29-04

Firefighters will be working through the night to contain a Northern California wildfire that’s threatening homes and prompted evacuation orders for nearly 4,000 people.

The fire in Shasta County started around noon Thursday in a rural area northwest of Redding, about 200 miles north of San Francisco. It was whipped by north winds but state fire Capt. Robert Foxworthy says those died down in the evening and fire activity has been reduced.

The fire is 20 percent contained Thursday evening but about 1,100 homes remained threatened.

One structure burned. It’s unclear whether it was a home or other building.

Shasta College in the area was evacuated.

Foxworthy says the fire is burning not too far from last year’s Carr Fire, which destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Shasta and Trinity counties. The fire killed eight people, including three firefighters.