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Shasta County Wildfire Destroys Dozens Of Homes

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Flames and smoke from the Clover Fire near Redding in Shasta County. (NNS)

Flames and smoke from the Clover Fire near Redding in Shasta County. (NNS)

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REDDING, Shasta County (CBS/AP) — A wind-whipped wildfire in Northern California’s Shasta County destroyed 30 homes and damaged others, as it quickly grew to more than 11 square miles, according to fire officials.

Officials released revised damage estimates from the Clover Fire on Tuesday morning. The fire is burning in grass and oak around Happy Valley, a rural community about 150 miles north of Sacramento.

Fire spokesman Mike Witesman said the fire also has destroyed 50 outbuildings since it began Monday afternoon and is threatening another 300 homes.

About 600 people have been evacuated.

Witesman says the fire spread by about 500 acres an hour during its early stages, but crews have since made progress battling it. Containment increased from 5 to 40 percent overnight.

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