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Wildfires a threat to homes in West

on August 05, 2014 10:19 AM

BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were menacing a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and today brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning that could spark new blazes, officials said.

The Eiler Fire that destroyed eight homes in recent days continued to threaten around 700, and some evacuations remained in force around the town of Burney in Shasta County.

The Eiler and the Bald Fire, which was only 20 percent corralled, began within a day of each other in Lassen National Forest and expanded ferociously through drought-killed or weakened trees and brush.

Both were sparked by lightning.

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