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Fast-Growing Wildfire Forces Evacuation Of 200 Homes In Northern California

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WEAVERVILLE (CBS/AP) —  Crews working through the night in steep terrain are building containment lines around a wildfire near the rural Northern California town of Weaverville that forced the evacuation of about 200 homes.

CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said early Monday that the fire at the base of the Trinity Alps Wilderness area is 25 percent contained.

She says the flames did not spread overnight. The fire has burned a little more than 1 square mile, or 650 acres, of timber and brush about 2 miles west of the Gold Rush-era boomtown.

Hartman says the blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near Highway 299, has damaged one structure, likely a barn or a large outbuilding.

Officials say daylight will bring increased risks as gusty winds and dry conditions return.

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