December 22, 2014
Thousands of people are being told to leave their homes because of a wildfire burning in thick forest near some rural communities in far northern California.
The fire began at midday Saturday. It's destroyed four homes and consumed nearly 11 square miles. Fire officials say about 3,500 homes are threatened -- including a "good majority" that are under immediate threat. Many are in the path of the fire.
Meanwhile, in Washington state, better weather conditions over the weekend have helped firefighters gain ground on the fire that has scorched dozens of homes east of the Cascades.
A spokesman for the firefighting effort says the lightning strikes that had been feared haven't materialized.
Firefighters have also made progress at a wildfire near Grand Coulee Dam that burned about 17 square miles.
Hundreds of homes in Idaho are under a mandatory evacuation order. They're in an area of recreation getaways about 100 miles northeast of Boise. They're in the path of a 130-square-mile wildfire that's been burning for two weeks.
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