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Town evacuated as fires rage in Northern California [Video]

August 13, 2012 |  9:44 am

A fast-moving brush fire in Northern California is threatening 500 homes and has prompted officials to evacuate an entire town.

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, a second fire is also burning in Lake County. The Walker fire has burned 2,000 acres.

Firefighters were traveling from across the state to help battle both fires.

Above is a time-lapse video of the Wye fire.


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