Butte Wildfire Destroys At Least 66 Homes; 35 Percent Contained

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - High winds continue to stoke a massive fires in Butte County that has destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee.

The blaze is now about 35 percent contained after charring 23,000 acres. But fire officials say strong gusts are expected throughout the day, which could hamper their efforts.

At least 66 homes have been destroyed, with another 17 damaged.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated from the town of Paradise, about 90 miles north of Sacramento, to escape the blaze
that contributed to at least one death -- an elderly woman who suffered a heart attack while evacuating Thursday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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