THE wildfire Peter Fire has roared through 200 acres of vegetation, destroying homes and prompting evacuations.
At least three homes have burned down after the inferno began Thursday afternoon in Shasta district.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders in several surrounding areas.
The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at West Valley High School to help those affected, KRCR reported.
Cal Fire initially said 15 acres had burned down, but the fire quickly grew to a massive 200 acre spread.
At least three homes have burned down in the growing fire, Record Searchlight reported.
The crews deploy air resources over the fire to suppress the fire.
The incident is said to be near Redding reports.
Evacuations have been ordered from La Colina Terrace in Beacon, Peter Pan Gulch in Olinda and streets between Peter Pan Gulch and Twyla
PG&E cut off power to nearly 1,800 customers due to fire hazard.
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.
This comes just days after wildfire in Yosemite National Park threatened the famed sequoia grove.
The large grove of giant sequoias adjacent to the Washburn Trail was closed to the public Friday as firefighters investigate what caused the fire.
Fire officials responded by wrapping the tree’s massive trunks in foil to protect them from the blaze, a spokesman for the Yosemite Fire Department said.
The fire threatened to destroy nearly 500 trees, but there were no reports of serious damage to named trees, the AP reported.
Nearly 300 firefighters responded to control the blazes, along with water-dropping helicopters and an air tanker dumping flame retardants, the fire department spokesman said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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