Northern California wildfire advances, threatens communities

Wildfire threatens Northern California communities, consuming roughly 64,000 acres

A roughly 64,000-acre wildfire burning along the Northern California-Oregon border for three weeks continues to threaten two communities.

Officials have increased the number of firefighting personnel assigned to the Happy Camp Complex fire by 30% as flames advance in steep terrain, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The wildfire, which is just 15% contained, started Aug. 11 in the Klamath National Forest. A thunderstorm that day pummeled the region at the Happy Camp Ranger District with lightning strikes, igniting 17 fires. All but three blazes have been extinguished.

The Happy Camp Complex fire now threatens homes and structures in the communities of Hamburg and Seiad Valley, and has so far cost $36 million to fight, officials reported.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect along Scott River Road from Bridge Flat to the intersection of Highway 96 and all areas south of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Cade Summit.

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