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Wildfires Continue To Scorch Northern CA, Force Thousands To Evacuate

More than 7,000 firefighters are fighting 11 wildfires throughout the state.
Posted at 10:38 AM, Aug 15, 2016

Four thousand people have been forced to evacuate as wildfires rage across Northern California.

Mandatory evacuations in Lower Lake began last week, and evacuations in Clearlake began Sunday. The area is just over 100 miles north of San Francisco.

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As of Sunday evening, wildfires had spread across 3,000 acres in Lake County, where the mandatory evacuations took place. Only 5 percent of the fire had been contained by Sunday night.

A red-flag warning, which identifies areas that have ideal conditions for the rapid spread of fire, has been issued in several counties.

More than 7,000 firefighters are currently battling 11 large wildfires throughout Northern and Southern California.

The latest round of mandatory evacuations comes after a central California wildfire burned over 19,000 acres and killed at least two people in June. 

Thousands of homes are currently at risk. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced it has secured a grant from FEMA to help fight the blaze.