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Clover fire destroys dozens of homes in Shasta County

Clover fire destroys dozens of homes in Shasta County
The Clover fire burning in Anderson, Calif., in Shasta County. (Andreas Fuhrmann / Record Searchlight)

A fire in Shasta County in Northern California has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings and is threatening hundreds more, the California Office of Emergency Services said Tuesday.

The Clover fire near Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, started just after 12:30 p.m. Monday and has destroyed 30 residences and 50 outbuildings, officials said. It damaged 30 additional homes and is threatening 300 more structures.

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The fire has burned 7,400 acres and was 40% contained Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze has prompted mandatory evacuations in Happy Valley, Igo and Cotton Wood and other areas in Shasta County

The fire is moving southwest and "has the potential to grow due to north winds and low humidity recovery," Cal Fire officials said.

Three dozen fire crews were fighting the Clover fire Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. Six air tankers, seven bulldozers and 1,129 firefighters were battling the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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