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Calif. Town Evacuated Due to Fire

August 29, 2001

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WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) _ An entire Northwestern California town was evacuated, including a hospital and jail, because of a fast-moving 1,000-acre fire, officials said Thursday.

California Department of Forestry spokesman Jason Martin said about 3,000 people live in Weaverville, about 200 miles north of San Francisco. He said he was unsure where they were being taken.

``There are two heads on the fire, so it’s moving in two different directions,″ he said. ``It’s ugly.″

Martin said the mandatory evacuation was ordered about 7:30 p.m., but many people, including those in the jail and hospital, left earlier in the day.

Winds estimated at up to 30 mph were hampering firefighters’ efforts, and several structures had been destroyed, Martin said. No injuries were reported, and Martin said about 1,200 firefighters were battling the blaze on the ground.

Parts of the mountainous road California 299 were closed, Martin said.

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