More Than 1,000 People Evacuate as Northern California Wildfire Grows

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Cal Fire firefighters march through a field of dry grass during a live fire training on June 3, 2015. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Northern California wildfire has burned four homes and forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate their lake community, authorities said Sunday.

The fast-moving Clayton fire broke out late Saturday afternoon off Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, not far from Lower Lake, a community located more than 100 miles north of San Francisco, officials said.

Extreme hot weather combined with the dry brush allowed 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.

The fire, which is only 6% contained, is threatening about 500 structures in the Lake County area and has forced about 1,400 people to evacuate their homes, according to Undersheriff Chris Macedo of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

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