California wildfire burns 12 buildings, threatens hundreds

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"This is one of four large fires burning in Northern California".

Soaring temperatures, single digit humidity and gusty winds have prevented firefighters from holding the blaze away from the homes in Spring Valley.

Hundreds of Northern California homes and businesses have been threatened after wind-driven wildfires broke out over the weekend, forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes throughout rural regions north of San Francisco.

Firefighters from the Alameda County, Fremont, Oakland, Hayward and Berkeley Fire Departments were deployed early Sunday morning as part of designated strike teams to help battle the blaze, according to Aisha Knowles, a spokesperson for the Alameda County Fire Department. Evacuation orders have been issued.

The evacuation center is located at Lower Lake High School 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake, CA.

In photo provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Pawnee Fire wildfire burns in the Spring Valley area, northeast of Clearlake Oaks in Lake County, California.

Cal Fire said the larger fire was 20 percent contained.

A Red Bluff police officer helping residents evacuate lost his home, authorities said.

"We have approximately 20 power poles and associated wires in the general affected area", G&E representative Ari Vanrenen said. Firefighters battled it in a rugged area that made it hard to get engines and other equipment up close. "It's kind of the worst possible combination", Cox added.

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The Pawnee Fire has consumed more than 1,000 acres as of Sunday.

The cause of each blaze was under investigation Sunday.

Hansen said about $10,000 in cash along with furniture and clothing has been donated to the family as they search for a rental home.

The entire Spring Valley community must evacuate and officials later extended the mandatory evacuation order.

Map of the perimeter of the Pawnee Fire as determined by a mapping flight at 12:32 a.m. PDT June 25, 2018.

He says cause of the fire isn't immediately known and there's no estimate on when it might be contained. Firefighters also often first devote resources to defending houses and other property as a fire approaches, an activity that doesn't necessarily get reflected in the containment number.

"Firefighters been doing an fantastic job at structure protection, but because of the rate of speed the fire is spreading we are seeing some homes lost", said state Sen.

The fire is about 70 miles north of Napa.

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