Fast-moving wildfire burns homes, forces evacuations in Northern California

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Reuters

By Fred Greaves COLFAX, California (Reuters) – A wildfire that began on Wednesday afternoon rapidly spread in woods surrounding a populated area northeast of Sacramento in California, burning homes, forcing evacuations and generating a towering plume of smoke visible from at least 70 miles (110 km) away. The so-called River Fire scorched 1,000 acres (400 hectares) within two hours of starting and none of it was contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. At least four homes were destroyed in Colfax, a town of 2,000 people about 50 miles (80 km) northea…

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