LOWER LAKE, Calif. (CBS/AP) — A fast-moving wildfire was threatening scores of homes Saturday in Lake County just off of Highway 29.
The fire broke out around 5 p.m.READ MORE: UPDATE: Air Attack, Calming Winds Aid Firefighters Battling Wildfire Near Big Sur; Containment Grows To 25 Percent
Authorities issued four mandatory evacuation orders for an unknown number of homes as the wildfire south of Lower Lake, a town of about 1,300, spread to about 400 acres in mere hours.
Firefighters aided by water- and retardant-dropping air tankers were trying to keep the fire away from homes north of the lake, said Suzie Blankenship, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.READ MORE: PG&E Still Restoring Power to Over 2,000 Customers in East Bay
The blaze is 20 percent contained.
Blankenship said the fire was spreading rapidly because of parched conditions brought on by California’s historic drought.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Bay Area Tops Average Gas Price Per Gallon in the U.S.
“The fuels are extremely dry,” Blankenship said. “This is the time of year when everybody has to be extra cautious.”
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