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Weed, California: Fire Near Oregon Border Burns 100 Homes, Church

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A section of a structure stands over the remains of destroyed business in Weed, California. ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 02:24 PM

A fire has destroyed about 100 homes in Weed, California, a small town near the Oregon border.

A church also was destroyed in the wildfire, which forced more than 1,000 people to be evacuated.

The 350-acre fire started Monday afternoon and spread quickly, fueled by 40 mph winds and dry conditions, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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“With the incredible gust of winds, 40 mph, the fire was able to rage right into the community before we were able to get fire equipment into the scene,” Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “The fire was starting ahead of itself; the embers thrown ahead touched the brush and structures.”

The fire also caused the closure of Interstate 5 and U.S. 97 Highway along with evacuation orders in nearby communities of Carrick and Lake Shastina.

Frightened residents saw churches, homes, and a lumber mill on fire, according to CBS San Francisco.

The town was named for Abner Weed, who founded a sawmill there and found that the area's strong winds were helpful in drying lumber.

Twitter users expressed concerns about the blaze.









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A fire has destroyed about 100 homes in Weed, California, a small town near the Oregon border. A church also was destroyed in the wildfire, which forced more than 1,000 people to be evacuated.
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