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Brush fires threaten 500 homes, prompt town evacuation

August 13, 2012 |  2:02 pm

Two brush fires in Northern California have burned more than 5,000 acres and threaten more than 500 homes, officials said.

More firefighters were being moved into Lake County on Monday to deal with the flames. As of Monday morning, officials said they were making some progress.

Fueled by broiling, dry conditions, the Wye fire off Highway 20 has burned 3,000 acres near the Lake County town of Spring Valley, which was evacuated.

“It is burning on both sides of Highway 20 and it’s burning in an easterly direction toward the community of Spring Valley,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson told the Lake County News.

According to Cal Fire, the second fire, called the Walker fire, has burned roughly 2,000 acres.

Fires in Northern California

Selected videos and photos of the fires.

Storified by Shelby Grad · Mon, Aug 13 2012 14:47:02

Wild fire in Lake County toward Clear Lake http://pic.twitter.com/SbiE4lYviMFleming
@BreakingNews Photo of the Wye Fire in Lake County, Calif. Taken just before sunset tonight. http://pic.twitter.com/bnINyAuGSGBraden
Lake County fire #wildfire http://pic.twitter.com/YTRCI44SiMFleming
Lake County Fire Time Lapse Videoabc7news
Red Cross evacuation center caring for Lake County fire evacuees from Spring Valley. http://pic.twitter.com/Wlubt4lHsusannelafaver



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