TEHAMA COUNTY — Evacuations have been ordered after a wildfire in rural Northern California exploded in size.
The lightning-sparked Red Bank Fire broke out Thursday in Tehama County and quickly chewed through 6,000 acres of brush and timber.
By Friday morning, the fire was 6,500 acres and 5% contained.
Residents of scattered properties west of Red Bluff were ordered to leave as a huge plume of smoke stretched into the sky. Officials were working to confirm the exact number of evacuations and structures in the path of the flames. Some seasonal cabins were threatened, according to Cal Fire.
The Tehama County Deputy Sheriff’s Association reports mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Highway 36 from Tedoc Road to Vestal Road and all roads south of that area.
This story is developing.