Wildfire burns homes, 2 churches, in Northern California town

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.



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WEED, Calif. (AP) — Aided by calmer winds and another day of fire-retardant bomber sorties, firefighters are mopping up around a fire in the far Northern California town of Weed.

Fire crews had a handle on the 375-acre fire Tuesday morning after it showed little growth overnight. It is 20 percent contained.

More than 1,000 people were forced to flee their homes after the fire broke out Monday.

About 100 structures, most of them homes, were destroyed. Some homes were burned to the ground, with only chimneys left standing.

The town's Catholic and Presbyterian churches also burned. Parts of the town's wood-products mill caught fire.

Fires near Yosemite National Park in central California and another east of Sacramento also led hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

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