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Northern California wildfire grows overnight

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) -- Fire officials battling a vast blaze in a forest in far Northern California say air crews should be able to get going earlier than they have over previous days.

Fire spokesman Jake Rodriguez says smoky skies have reduced visibility and prevented air drops on the blaze in the Klamath National Forest until late afternoon. But skies on Friday and the following few days are expected to be clear.

The lightning-sparked fire complex near the logging and gold mining town of Happy Camp has grown dramatically over the past several days, becoming a threat to about 250 rural homes. Some of the homes are under mandatory evacuation orders.

The two fires in the complex had burned through about 69 square miles as of Friday morning. One was 10 percent contained. There was zero containment on the other.

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