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Homes At Risk As Wildfire Rages In California
A wildfire that has torn through thousands of acres of scrubland in northern California continues to rage, threatening hundreds of homes and forcing people to flee their homes.
Firefighters have so far managed to contain just 30% of the fast-moving blaze, which began just before noon on Tuesday in the rural Pope Valley area of Napa County.
As the fire surged over roads in Butts Valley and Snell Valley, plumes of thick, black smoke could be seen above the hills east of Calistoga and St Helega.
Towering flames lit up the night sky as evacuated residents made their way to a shelter set up in a local school.
An estimated 2,700 acres - equivalent to more than 2,000 American football fields - of land has already been destroyed, with at least five buildings razed to the ground.
Crews from Napa, Lake and Solano counties are battling temperatures of 90F (32C) as they attempt to stop the flames spreading any further.
No one is thought to have been killed or injured and the cause of the wildfire has not yet been confirmed.
However, the blaze came just hours after severe "red flag" warnings for lightning were issued for the western Mendocino National Forest, 48km (30 miles) north of Calistoga.