December 21, 2014
BELDEN, Calif. (AP) - Dry conditions and rocky terrain are hampering efforts to contain a fire in the Plumas National Forest
in Northern California that is threatening dozens of structures, including trailer homes.
Fire officials said Thursday the Chips fire near Belden about 120 miles north of Sacramento has consumed almost 4 square miles since it began on July 29. It is 5 percent contained.
High temperatures, low humidity and strong winds fueled the fire on Wednesday, more than doubling its size.
Officials say 44 buildings, including 25 residences in a nearby community and trailer park, are under threat. An evacuation order is in place.
Meanwhile, another fire to the west in the Plumas National Forest has been fully contained. The Peak Fire near Beckwourth consumed 1 ¼ square miles.