Wild­fire threat­ens re­mote homes

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - STATE -

A grow­ing and de­struc­tive wild­fire moved to­ward re­mote Cal­i­for­nia homes in the Santa Cruz Moun­tains on Wednes­day as it scorched its way through bone-dry brush and trees.

It was among three blazes burn­ing in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia dur­ing a time of year when the drought­stricken state sees its largest and most dam­ag­ing wild­fires, state forestry of­fi­cials said.

The fire in steep mountain ter­rain south of San Fran­cisco ex­panded to more than 3 1/2 square miles and was par­tially con­tained. It gut­ted at least one home and threat­ened 300 build­ings, though it was not clear how many were homes or smaller struc­tures.

Au­thor­i­ties or­dered res­i­dents of sev­eral canyons and other rugged ar­eas to evac­u­ate.

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