Far Northern California fire destroys 30 homes

REDDING, Calif. — A wind-whipped, fast-moving wildfire in far Northern California has destroyed 30 homes and was threatening another 300, fire officials said Tuesday.

The Clover Fire near the rural community of Happy Valley in Shasta County began Monday and quickly spread through grass and oak, growing to more than 11 square miles.

Some residents were given just minutes to evacuate as the fire jumped roads and engulfed residences, the Record Searchlight of Redding reported. At one point, the flames spread at 500 acres an hour, officials said. ‘‘It was the perfect storm,’’ state fire spokeswoman Teresa Rea said.


Fire crews, however, made good progress against the blaze overnight Monday, increasing containment from 5 percent to 40 percent.

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‘‘We’re looking better,’’ fire spokesman Mike Witesman said. ‘‘The winds are not as gusty today, which is a positive thing. But there is still potential that the fire could be caught by the wind and pushed out, because we don’t have a fire line around it.’’

Along with the homes, 50 outbuildings were destroyed and another 30 structures, mostly homes, were damaged, Witesman said. About 600 people were evacuated.

Associated Press