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California wildfire threat grows

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) -- Crews battling a wildfire threatening hundreds of homes in a far Northern California forest are warning residents that it could burn right up to their homes.

The weather forecast calls for low humidity and gusty winds Tuesday through Wednesday evening around the blaze in the Klamath National Forest. Combined with unstable air, fire information officer Paul Gibbs says a smoke column could push embers as far as two miles, jumping containment lines and starting spot fires near some of the threatened homes. The fire was already about 2 and { miles from the community of Hamburg on Tuesday morning. It has burned through 100 square miles and was 15 percent contained.

About 250 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders, with another 695 considered threatened.

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