2 Wildfires in California Prompt Evacuation Orders

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MODESTO (AP) — Firefighters are battling two wildfires in Northern and Central California that are sending residents fleeing from their homes.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says a 11,200-acre blaze sparked Sunday afternoon near Lake McClure, a reservoir about 50 miles east of Modesto, is threatening homes in a rural area. The fire is now 5 percent contained and threatens 300 structures.

Mariposa County Sheriff’s officials ordered evacuation orders for an unknown number of homes in the Hunters Valley area two miles east of the lake. Evacuation orders and warnings as well as road closures can be found on the Cal Fire site.

CHP Sonora reports Highway 49 has been closed at Highway 132.

One structure has been destroyed, another is damaged.

A community meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Mariposa County High School auditorium.

In Northern California, a 400-acre wildfire in Mendocino County as triggered the evacuation of a subdivision in the community of Redwood Valley.

CalFire says the Baker Creek subdivision was evacuated after the fire jumped a road.

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