Northern California Fire Destroys 30 Homes

A wind-whipped, fast-moving wildfire in far Northern California has destroyed 30 homes and was threatening another 300, reports The Associated Press.

The Clover Fire near the rural community of Happy Valley in Shasta County began Monday and quickly spread through grass and oak, growing to more than 11 square miles

Some residents were given just minutes to evacuate as the fire jumped roads and engulfed residences, the Record Searchlight of Redding reported.

At one point, the flames spread at 500 acres an hour, officials said.

“It was the perfect storm,” state fire spokeswoman Teresa Rea said.

Fire crews, however, made good progress against the fire overnight, increasing containment from 5 percent to 40 percent.

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