Wildfires continue to spread in Northern California

The Latest: California fire threatens 1,000 buildings

Posted: Jul. 4, 2018 6:30 AM
Updated: Jul. 4, 2018 9:54 AM

GUINDA, Calif. (AP)-Firefighters battling a Northern California wildfire that threatens nearly 1,000 homes and buildings say cooler weather may help efforts to corral the flames.

The temperature was around 90 in the area on Tuesday and the high is expected to drop by about 5 degrees Wednesday.

However, state fire officials say the erratic winds and tinder-dry brush and grass fueling the explosive spread of flames can still hamper containment.

No homes have burned but some areas have been under evacuation orders for days.

The fire is burning in three rural counties northwest of Sacramento and is only 15 percent contained. The County Fire has charred 113 square miles (294 square kilometers).

Firefighters have been using aircraft, bulldozers and backfires to curb the blaze.

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