Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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POLLOCK PINES, Calif. - An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said today.

The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles, up from 44 square miles on Wednesday when it forced additional evacuations, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It was only 5 percent contained.

Most of the threatened homes were in Pollock Pines, 60 miles east of Sacramento. Hundreds of them were under evacuation orders, but it wasn't immediately clear how many.

Much of the fire growth on Wednesday was to the northwest, away from the town.

Fire crews might get some help from the weather, with the forecast calling for higher humidity and the possibility of rain. Meanwhile, further north in the town of Weed, where a blaze began Monday and raged across the community, teams of firefighters went house-to-house Wednesday to pin down damage by a wildfire that officials estimated had destroyed 110 homes and damaged another 90.

The new figures were a marked increase from the initial estimate that a total of 150 structures had been destroyed or damaged.


TUCSON, Ariz. - A weakened Pacific storm slammed much of southeastern Arizona but spared the state's major metro areas.

Rainfall from remnants of Hurricane Odile was steadily hitting south and east of Tucson, according to the National Weather Service.

Authorities in Cochise County were watching a rising river in a rural area. Elsewhere, a major street in Nogales was flooded with several inches of water.

However, freeways and streets in Phoenix and Tucson were dry at the start of this morning's commute.

Officials in Nogales initially thought they would have to evacuate two nearby trailer parks where about 100 families live, Mayor Arturo Garino said late Wednesday. …

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