Homes Threatened By Northern Calif. Wildfire

FEATHER FALLS, Calif. (AP) - High winds are preventing firefighters from containing a 2,500-acre blaze threatening 75 homes east of Lake Oroville.

The fire is burning toward the small Sierra foothills town of Berry Creek, about 70 miles north of Sacramento.

Firefighters on Friday were trying to keep the blaze from jumping the Middle Fork of the Feather River south of the town. Flames jumped containment lines in three spots earlier in the week.

The fire began Sunday, burning a mobile home and barn, and has
since scorched nearly 4 square miles.

More than 1,400 firefighters, 12 helicopters and five air tankers are attacking the blaze, which is 50 percent contained.

An evacuation center has been set up in Oroville.

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

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