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    Wildfire Forces Evacuations in Northern California

    By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
    August 28, 2014; 5:40 AM ET

    A rapidly growing wildfire in northern California is threatening hundreds of residences near the town of Weaverville.

    About 150 homes have already were evacuated due to the fast-growing blaze on Monday with an additional 500 residences being threatened, authorities said.

    The wildfire is being refereed to as the Oregon Fire and is burning northwest of the California City of Redding, near the Shasta National Forest.

    The fire has threatened homes across the area. (Photo/Weaverville Oregon Fire Residents)

    According to the latest update by CalFire, the blaze has already burned 580 acres on a steep terrain 2 miles west of Weaverville, California.

    The state fire spokesman Daniel Berlant told the Associated Press, "The fire was sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, the main road into town, and rapidly grew to a little more than 1 square mile."

    Dry conditions paired with low humidity are in the forecast for the next several days across the portion of California where the Oregon Fire is burning.

    These conditions are not ideal for firefighters as the low humidity makes it easier for fuel to catch fire.

    Vegetation in this region is already abnormally dry due to the ongoing drought gripping California and other parts of the West.

    The Oregon Fire is just one of many wildfires currently raging across California. It is also relatively small compared to others that have been burning for weeks.

    The July Complex is one of the largest active wildfires in the state, according to InciWeb, having burned over 34,700 acres since it began on Aug. 3, 2014.

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com


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