Wildfire In Shasta County Prompts Evacuations; Homes Damaged

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Smoke from a wildfire near Redding as seen from the air. (CalFire)

REDDING, Shasta County (CBS/AP) — A 1,200-acre wildfire near Redding in Shasta County is now 40 percent contained after destroying two outbuildings and damaging five homes, according to authorities.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant on Friday said about 1,000 firefighters were battling the blaze as five homes were damaged, yet spared from being destroyed.

Berlant said 80 homes were still under evacuation Friday while progress is being made on the fire front. The evacuations are for neighborhoods in southwest Redding and the Happy Valley area.

Some roads in the area remained closed. The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Berlant says the fire moved swiftly due to dry weather conditions.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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