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50 homes evacuated in Placer County due to fire

Posted: July 12, 2012 10:35 a.m.
Updated: July 12, 2012 10:35 a.m.


FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) — About 200 people from the small Iowa Hill community in Placer County were under evacuation orders Thursday, as a fire burned in a steep, heavily wooded area — one of four blazes burning in Northern California.

About 50 homes were threatened by the blaze, and evacuated residents were staying at a Red Cross center in Foresthill, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Robbers Fire had consumed about half a square mile and was 20-percent contained. But with triple-digit temperatures in the forecast, firefighters were steeling themselves for a difficult day, Berlant said.

"Today we're expecting the wind to shift back up-canyon, which would push the fire northeast toward the small Iowa Hill community," Berlant said.

Farther north in Mendocino National Forest, the Mill Fire had charred about 26 square miles and was about 38 percent contained.

Voluntary evacuations remained in effect for a number of forest enclaves, including Fouts Springs, Bonnie View, Board Camp Springs and Stonyford. Evacuations were in place for campgrounds within the Upper Letts Lake area.

The voluntary evacuations affected about 30 people, said Deb Schweizer, a fire spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.

"It's a bit cooler and moister today, so we're going to try to take advantage of those conditions and try to secure the line on the eastern edge near Stonyford," she said.

In Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Flat Fire was burning about 30 miles west of Weaverville and had scorched about a square mile.

The fire briefly closed a section of Highway 299 on Wednesday, but the road was reopened Thursday. No injuries were reported.

A six-and-a-half-square mile fire in Colusa County was almost fully contained.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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