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Residents evacuated as 7,000-acre wildfire threatens 3,000 homes

August 19, 2012 |  8:10 am

Evacuations are underway today as a 7,000-acre wildfire burns out of control in Northern California.

The Ponderosa fire in Tehama County has destroyed four structures and threatens 3,000 residences and other buildings, according to Cal Fire.

The fire is burning near the small town of Manton, which is northeast of Red Bluff.

Cal Fire said nearly 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is moving northeast toward Highway 44.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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