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Fast-moving California wildfire threatens rural community

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – A fast-moving wildfire that has already destroyed 22 structures and is being driven by erratic winds and high temperatures forced some 3,000 people to flee as it threatened to cut off access to a rural community in Northern California on Monday, June 25.

The so-called Pawnee Fire, which broke out on Saturday near the Mendocino National Forest 70 miles (112 km) northwest of Sacramento, had charred more than 8,200 acres (3,320 hectares) as of Monday afternoon and was threatening 600 more structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Lake County, where the blaze was burning, freeing up state personnel and equipment. Brown said the Federal Emergency Management Agency had issued a grant to assist in firefighting efforts.

More than 230 firefighters were fighting the flames on Monday afternoon, assisted by water-dropping helicopters and bulldozers, but so far had been unable to cut containment lines.

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