Firefighters gain on blaze in far north California

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Associated Press

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters say they've gained the upper hand on a wildfire in Northern California that destroyed 30 homes and forced about 600 people out of their homes.

The Clover Fire broke out Monday near the rural community of Happy Valley in Shasta County and was quickly fanned by gusty winds, growing to more than 11 square miles. However, lighter winds on Tuesday helped firefighters. The fire is 40 percent contained.

The Record Searchlight of Redding reported that the fire moved so quickly that some residents were given just minutes to evacuate as the fire jumped roads and engulfed residences.

Elsewhere, more than 3,000 firefighters are still battling the Rim Fire that has burned across nearly 400 square miles in and around Yosemite National Park. It is 80 percent contained.

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