California Fire Update 7/9/08

California Wildfires A wildfire has forced thousands of people from their homes in Butte County.

In the town of Paradise, fire is threatening about 35,000 thousand homes. Ambulances evacuated patients from the Feather River Hospital Tuesday.

This is what firefighters want to desperately avoid. The wind fueled flames destroyed 40 homes in the community of Concow. Evacuation orders remained in place for about 1,000 residents from Concow and Yankee Hill, about 85 miles north of Sacramento.

Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters make progress on the wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County. The fire in the Los Padres National Forest near Goleta is still threatening about 250 homes. It's burned over 9,700 acres. Fire officials say it's about 55% percent contained.

In Big Sur, many of the people forced from their homes because of the wildfire there have returned. The flames burned more than 125 square miles of land. At least 23 homes and 25 other buildings have been destroyed. A fire official says 2,500 homes are still threatened.

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