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80 homes evacuated in Placer County due to fast moving fire instep terrain

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POSTED July 12, 2012 9:44 p.m.


FORESTHILL  (AP) — About 300 people in Placer County remained under evacuation orders as a fire burning in a steep, heavily wooded area grew in size and intensity Thursday, fueled by hot weather and wind.

About 80 homes and structures were threatened by the blaze, and evacuated residents were staying at a Red Cross center in Foresthill, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Robbers Fire had consumed more than a square mile and was 10 percent contained, down from 20 percent containment earlier in the day. About 1,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, and more were en route.

"Because of high temperatures and winds, the fire has made several runs," Berlant said. "We've ordered numerous additional resources since this fire has taken off."

It was one of four fires burning in Northern California.

Farther north in Mendocino National Forest, the Mill Fire had charred about 26 square miles and was about 38 percent contained.

Voluntary evacuations remained in effect for a number of forest enclaves, including Fouts Springs, Bonnie View, Board Camp Springs and Stonyford. Evacuations were in place for campgrounds within the Upper Letts Lake area.

The voluntary evacuations affected about 30 people, said Deb Schweizer, a fire spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.

"It's a bit cooler and moister today, so we're going to try to take advantage of those conditions and try to secure the line on the eastern edge near Stonyford," she said.

In Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Flat Fire was burning about 30 miles west of Weaverville and had scorched about a square mile.

The fire briefly closed a section of Highway 299 on Wednesday, but the road was reopened Thursday. No injuries were reported.

It was about 20 percent contained Thursday.

A six-and-a-half-square mile fire in Colusa County was almost fully contained.

 

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