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California Fire Crews Battle Growing Gulch Blaze as Evacuations Ordered

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Fire crews on Thursday continued to fight a wildfire that has doubled in size to more than 1,000 acres in Northern California’s Shasta County. Evacuations have been ordered near Bella Vista as the so-called Gulch Fire threatens about 107 homes, Cal Fire officials said. Weaker winds could help firefighters with the blaze, which was about 15 percent contained Thursday morning, but temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 90s.

Investigators believe a car fire just after midnight Wednesday first sparked the wildfire — but the blaze grew out of control when it jumped a fire line. By 4 p.m. local time Wednesday, the fire grew to more than 500 acres. Cal Fire said the flames covered about 1,200 acres by Thursday morning, and were awaiting updated numbers after a planned flyover. No structural damage was immediately reported.

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