Hundreds flee 2 California wildfires

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 15, 2014 at 5:01 a.m.



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OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Two wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures.

The blaze was sparked Sunday afternoon near Bass Lake in Central California. It prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of about 400 homes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said flames damaged or destroyed 21 structures.

Further north, a wildfire about 60 miles east of Sacramento forced the evacuation of 133 homes. El Dorado County Sheriff's officials said residents of another 406 homes were being told to prepare to flee.

Meanwhile in Southern California, evacuation orders for 200 homes in Orange County's Silverado Canyon were lifted late Sunday as firefighters contained 50 percent of a wildfire.

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