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50 buildings destroyed by Northern California wildfire

Published on Aug 22, 2012 2:54 PM
The Chips fire burns near Greenville, California on August 20, 2012. The fire has forced evacuations and burned over 47,000 acres in Northern California. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SACRAMENTO (REUTERS) - Fifty buildings were destroyed by a 8,700ha wildfire raging in Northern California that has forced the evacuation of about 3,000 people near the small town of Manton, fire officials said on Tuesday.

Dubbed the Ponderosa Fire, the lightning-sparked blaze roared through brush and heavy timber in Tehama and Shasta counties, about 200km north of the state capital Sacramento, since it started on Saturday.

Firefighters were finally able to survey the damage from the air in one of the more heavily populated areas affected, to the south-east of tiny Manton, on Tuesday.

The structures destroyed include not only residential houses but also barns and sheds, but firefighters were not expected to inspect the damage up close and on foot until Wednesday.

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