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Northern California wildfire grows rapidly overnight

By Michelle Kapusta,

Fire officials are working to contain a raging Northern California wildfire that grew rapidly overnight.

According to the Associated Press, the fire damaged two homes in a rural part of Napa County and forced some 200 people to evacuate.

State fire spokesperson, Alicia Amaro, said that the fire made short runs uphill during the night.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the fire broke out on Tuesday around noon and by the evening officials said it had grown to 2,500 acres. Flames have now burned through nearly 4,300 acres.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire that started in Pope Valley is now about 30 percent contained.

The unusually hot temperatures in the drought-stricken area aided in the fire’s rapid growth. Temperatures, which soared into the 90s on Wednesday and are expected to rise again over the weekend, fueled the fire and sent flames into neighboring Lake County.

So far, the blaze has not posed a threat to the region’s famed vineyards.

 
 

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