Crews gain ground on Boles Fire

Sep 16, 2014 10:45 AM by News Staff

Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire that raced through the town of Weed Monday, damaging or destroying 100 homes and a church.

Cal Fire Public Information Officer Suzi Brady said Tuesday morning that the fire in the town of Weed near the Oregon border was 20 percent contained. There are no flames or smoke visible.

The fire has burned through 375 acres since it began Monday around 1:30 p.m. and showed almost no growth overnight.

Officials have said it moved quickly, catching residents off guard in the scenic town of nearly 3,000 near the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains. At least 1,500 people were forced to flee.


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