Body Found in NorCal Brushfire Perimeter

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have found a body inside the perimeter of a wildfire that destroyed 30 homes and forced the evacuation of 300 others in Northern California.

State fire spokesman Mike Witesman says Shasta County sheriff's deputies discovered the body while checking a home in the community of Igo.

The coroner's office says it plans to release the victim's name Wednesday afternoon.

The Clover Fire broke out Monday afternoon in the community of Happy Valley, about 150 miles north of Sacramento. Winds sent it spreading at 500 acres an hour. Residents were given just minutes to grab their belongings and leave.

The fire burned nearly 11 square miles. Cooler weather has helped firefighters contain 40 percent of the blaze.

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REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Crews battling a wildfire in Northern California that destroyed 30 homes and damaged 30 others are expecting more favorable weather to help.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Witesman says temperatures should be cooler and humidity higher Wednesday around the Clover Fire in Shasta County. Officials also are expecting winds to die down.

The fire grew by more than 250 acres overnight, but containment stayed at 40 percent. It has now burned nearly 11 square miles.

Witesman says it's still threatening 300 homes around the community of Happy Valley. Evacuations remain in place, though at least some of them may be lifted as soon as Wednesday.

Meanwhile, containment of a fire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park increased to 70 percent overnight.


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