Wildfire destroys 1 home, threatens 170 others in Northern California

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 15 at 9:03 AM

FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire has destroyed a home and is threatening 170 others in Northern California.

State forestry officials say the fire is burning in a steep, heavily wooded area of Placer (PLA'-sur) County about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The blaze has grown to three square miles since it broke out Wednesday afternoon.

Officials are expressing concern that the fire could endanger Foresthill, a community of 1,500, if it jumps the American River.

Nine firefighters have been injured in efforts to contain the blaze. Approximately 2,000 firefighters are trying to surround the blaze, but hot weather and rugged terrain are making the job difficult. Crews on the ground are focusing on protecting structures while helicopters and air tankers are attacking flames from the air.

The fire is estimated to be 20 percent contained.

A second fire burning to the northwest is 50 percent contained after consuming about 40 square miles of the Mendocino National Forest.

And farther north, a wildfire in another part of Mendocino National Forest has consumed nearly 40 square miles. It's 55 percent contained.

Sound: upcoming

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