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VALLEY FIRE GROWS TO OVER 25,000 ACRES; THOUSANDS EVACUATED

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VALLEY FIRE GROWS TO OVER 25,000 ACRES; THOUSANDS EVACUATED

3,000 people have been evacuated as the Valley Fire in California continues to spread. Homes have burned. Roads have been closed. Firefighters are doing the best they can…

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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire began around 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Lake County. At it’s start, it was 50 acres, but grew to 400 by 4p.m. It burned more than 10,000 acres by 6:30 p.m.

The Valley Fire in Lake County, Calif., burned thousands of acres on Saturday, September, 12, 2015. KGO-TV

Cal Fire reports that four firefighters suffered burn injuries and were transported to a burn center at UC Davis.

Mandatory evacuations orders have been issued for the Community of Cobb, Middletown, High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road, Harbor Hot Springs and Big Canyon Road. That was later extend to Middleotwn. Cal Fire reports that the fire is also threatening structures.

Several road have also been closed in Lake County. Residents have been advised to gather their medications, pets, and important papers and leave the area immediately.

More than 100 firefighters from Cal Fire and the South Lake County Fire Protection District are on the scene. Aerial resources are aggressively fighting the High Valley Incident that is burning at a moderate rate of spread in Oak Grass Woodland.

Cal Fire PIO Daniel Berlant said that the dry conditions due to the drought are why these California wildfires are spreading so fast.

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