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Wildfire in Southern California triggers evacuation orders for 82,000 people

A fast-moving Southern California wildfire that broke out on Tuesday has triggered evacuation orders for 82,000 people, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said by telephone.

On Monday, authorities said a wildfire that spread into a small Northern California town over the weekend has destroyed more than 175 homes and businesses, as crews fought to save more dwellings from the flames.

The Clayton fire, named for the creek near where it broke out, was driven by fierce winds into the foothill community of Lower Lake, 130 km north of San Francisco, forcing hundreds of residents to flee. That fire broke out on Saturday evening. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Monday afternoon that more than 175 structures had been destroyed by the fire and that 1,500 others were threatened. There were no reports of casualties.

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