69 homes burn in CA

Northern California wildfires burned 69 homes Thursday and Friday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | SHASTA, Calif. | August 13, 2004

A northern California wildfire burned 69 homes Thursday and Friday while forcing the evacuation of several hundred people.

In Shasta Lake, the destructive Bear Fire did slow significantly due to less wind, but still has grown to over 8,000 acres. In addition to the 67 residences, another 30 outbuildings were torched by the wildfire.

Over 100 people are staying at the local shelter after the Shasta Lakte state park was closed, forcing out residents and tourists in the area. The blaze caused six minor injuries.

Over 350 additional homes are still threatened. The Bear Fire is now 40% contained and officials expect full containment by Sunday afternoon.

The cause of the wildfire, which started Wednesday, is said to be sparks from a lawn mower. Authorities cited the operator of the lawn mower and are deciding if the person will be responsible for fire suppression costs.

Some 100 miles southwest of the Bear Fire, the Oregon Fire is now fully contained, but not before it destroyed two homes and severely damaged another in Butte County.

The cause of the Oregon Fire in being investigated.

In Washington, two wildfires in the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests have forced the evacuation of several canyon communities. No structures have been burned.

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