NorCal Wildfire Destroys 68 Homes

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A wildfire in Northern California's Shasta County has burned through 12 1/2 square miles as of Thursday morning and is 65 percent contained.

Officials say 68 residences were destroyed, nearly doubling the initial estimate of home losses from the Clover Fire. Authorities warn that the number could rise further.

About 300 homes were evacuated, although officials expected to begin lifting at least some evacuations on Thursday.

The fire began three days earlier around the community of Igo about 150 miles north of Sacramento.

On Wednesday, Sheriff's deputies found the body of a 56-year-old man inside a burned-out motor home on the fire's perimeter.

Before fire crews were able to corral the fire, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to escape.

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