Firefighters Battle Flames in Northern California
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) _ A brush fire that destroyed a home and charred rugged terrain in Sonoma County was the largest of several wildland fires burning in Northern California today.
Firefighters expected to bring the 800-acre fire under control this morning, said Battalion Chief Steve Ruffino of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The fire, aobut 65 miles north of San Francisco, broke out early Wednesday and was contained several hours later. Complete control was expected by this morning, Ruffino said.
The fire threat was enhanced by high temperatures and breezy conditions, forcing fire crews onto 24-hour alert.
Other Northern California firefighters were sent to help fight a series of devastating blazes in Southern California, where nearly 80,000 acres burned and hundreds of homes had been destroyed.
In the Oakland hills, where a 1991 firestorm burned hundreds of homes and killed 25 people, firefighters stamped out a two-alarm blaze that burned about three acres.
About 15 miles from Redding, which is north of Sacramento, a blaze blackened about 15 acres of brush and timber, according to Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokeswoman Mary Ellen Grigsby.
In south San Jose, 40 firefighters contained a grass fire that burned up to seven acres on a hillside, authorities said.
In the Prunedale area north of Salinas, a two-acre fire that started in brush and scrub burned a car but caused no other damage, said CDF’s Marlee Francis.
There were no reports of injuries resulting from any of the blazes.