Northern California fire burns buildings, kills 4 horses

July 11, 2018

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a wind-whipped brushfire in the San Francisco Bay Area has burned at least three buildings and killed four horses.

The fire in Morgan Hill broke out Tuesday afternoon and spread rapidly. State fire officials say the 50-acre blaze is about 65 percent contained after burning three outbuildings, including barns. No homes have been damaged.

Firefighters are battling a second wildfire a few miles away in San Jose.

The blaze in Santa Teresa County Park had burned about 100 acres and was mostly contained by Tuesday evening.

No homes are threatened but authorities say the park, an IBM facility and a girl’s ranch were evacuated.

Fire officials are predicting a bad fire season for California. Wildfires fueled by tinder-dry brush already have burned dozens of homes.

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