Clover Fire threatens hundreds of structures

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in Northern California's Shasta County has destroyed 80 structures, damaged 30 more, many of them homes, and is threatening another500 structures.

The wind-whipped Clover Fire near the rural community of Happy Valley has grown to nearly 11 square miles - or 6,795 acres.

State fire spokeswoman Teresa Rea says the blaze began around 1 p.m. Monday and quickly burned through grass and oak.

Happy Valley is about 150 miles north of Sacramento. Multiple outbuildings and vehicles were damaged in addition to the homes. 3. The communities of Igo, Ono, Anderson Valley and Cottonwood are threatened.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for the following areas:

  • Clear Creek Road and Cloverdale Road
  • Everything southwest to Gas Point Road and Small Farms and Marsha Way
  • Gas Point Road and Happy Valley Road
  • Small Farms track south to Black Pine Road
  • Cloverdale from Clear Creek to Oak
  • Oak to Palm

Rea says fire crews did make good progress against the blaze overnight, raising containment from 5 percent to 40 percent. Full containment is expected around Sept. 15.

More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the blaze.

The cause is under investigation.


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