Wildfire Burns Structures in Small CA Town

Fire burns home in small California town
Joe Kikuchi, of Pacific Gas and Electric, moves two cars to safety as a house in Marina Estates above Lake Mendocino burns during the Hopkins fire Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, near Calpella, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

CALPELLA, Calif. (AP) — Damage assessments were pending Monday in a small Northern California town struck by a small but fast-moving wildfire during the weekend, even as progress was made against some of the state’s huge forest fires.

The Hopkins Fire forced residents to flee Sunday afternoon in the Mendocino County town of Calpella on the Russian River about 108 miles (174 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

Multiple structures burned before firefighters stopped the flames from spreading further.

The 257-acre (104-hectare) fire was 20% contained with the help of lower temperatures and higher humidity overnight, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

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“A damage assessment team has been requested to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed,” a Cal Fire statement said.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the second-largest fire in state history was 75% contained. The 1,500-square-mile (3,885-square-kilometer) Dixie Fire has destroyed more than 1,300 structures, including 728 homes, since July 13.

Near Lake Tahoe, the 343-square-mile (888-square-kilometer) Caldor Fire was 67% contained. Losses include 782 homes.

Two fires ignited by a Sept. 9 blitz of lightning in Sequoia National Park surpassed a combined 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in extremely steep terrain.

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