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Evacuations After Northern California Home Fires – Chico Enterprise-Record

ANDERSON, Calif. (AP) — Evacuations were ordered Thursday after a fire destroyed homes, burned vegetation and threatened a turtle sanctuary in northern California, authorities said.

The fire started around mid-afternoon in Shasta County, just south of Redding, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

The fire quickly spread to 200 acres (80 hectares), Cal Fire said. The Redding Record Searchlight newspaper reported that at least three houses had burned down.

An evacuation center has been set up at a high school in Anderson, home to around 11,000 residents. Officials did not immediately specify the number of people under evacuation orders.

The flames briefly threatened Tortoise Acres, a turtle and tortoise sanctuary in Anderson, co-owner Katie Hoffman told the San Francisco Chronicle. Hoffman said she managed to evacuate with her horses before learning the property had been spared, with the only damage being a burnt fence.

The cause of Peter’s fire was under investigation.

Meanwhile, California firefighters continued to battle a wildfire in Yosemite National Park. The blaze on the western flank of the Sierra Nevada had burned about 6.8 square miles (17/6 square km), but was 23% contained by Thursday, according to an update on the incident.

The Washburn Fire had threatened a grove of giant sequoias before it began burning eastward in the Sierra National Forest on Wednesday.