California wildfires destroy homes and force hundreds to evacuate – Los Angeles Times

Firefighters are battling a 3,000-acre wildfire in Northern California that destroyed at least 175 buildings and forced about 1,400 residents to flee their lake community, authorities said Monday.

The fast-moving Clayton fire broke out late Saturday afternoon off Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, forcing the entire community of Lower Lake — located more than 100 miles north of San Francisco — to evacuate, officials said.

Bulldozer operators spent much of Sunday night and Monday morning carving extra wide fire lines along the eastern border of Clearlake in effort to contain the blaze. 

Extreme heat combined with the dry brush enabled the fire to grow overnight, burning about 1,400 acres and destroying four homes, according to Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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