Wildfire threatens remote homes
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.