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The Latest: Northern California wildfire 50% contained

August 24, 2019

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Northern California wildfire (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Authorities have partially surrounded a Northern California wildfire that burned three homes and prompted evacuation orders for thousands of people.

State fire officials say the Mountain Fire was 50% contained Friday night.

It erupted Thursday in rural Shasta County near Redding. More than 1,100 homes and other structures were threatened and evacuations were ordered for nearly 4,000 people as the fire burned grass, brush and some oak trees.

But state fire officials say the 600-acre (240-hectare) blaze hasn’t grown since Thursday.

Evacuations and road closures have been lifted in some areas and it’s not immediately clear how many people remain affected.

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

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11:02 a.m.

A Northern California wildfire has destroyed three residences but firefighters report progress in preventing further growth of the blaze.

Cal Fire says ongoing assessments show four outbuildings have also been destroyed and one unspecified structure was damaged by the 600-acre (243-hectare) blaze in a rural area north of Redding.

Containment is 40 percent Friday morning.

The Mountain Fire erupted Thursday and was rapidly spread by wind. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said more than 1,100 homes and other structures were threatened and evacuations were ordered for nearly 3,900 people.

Evacuations and road closures were lifted in some areas Thursday night, and it’s not immediately clear how many people remain affected.

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

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Firefighters have increased containment of a Northern California wildfire that has threatened thousands of homes and forced evacuations.

Cal Fire says the fire in a rural area northwest of the city of Redding remains at 600 acres (243 hectares) Friday morning but containment doubled overnight to 40 percent.

The blaze erupted Thursday and was rapidly spread by winds through grass, brush and trees in the region about 200 miles (322 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

One structure has been reported destroyed.

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