News ID: 196416
Published: 1151 GMT July 10, 2017

Thousands flee wildfires in California; Canada blazes grow

Thousands flee wildfires in California; Canada blazes grow

Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western U.S. and Canada, forcing thousands of residents to flee and destroying homes.

Two major wildfires in California have forced nearly 8,000 people out of their homes.

About 4,000 people evacuated and another 7,400 were told to prepare to leave their homes as fire swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles north of Sacramento, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday.

The fire has burned nearly 4 square miles (11 sq. kilometers), injured four firefighters and destroyed at least 10 structures, but that number is expected to rise, fire spokeswoman Mary Ann Aldrich said.

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