NorCal fire destroys 84 buildings

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MANTON, Calif. (AP) – A massive wildfire in Northern California has destroyed more than 80 homes and other buildings and threatens 900 more. The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on Thursday boosted its count of structures destroyed by the Ponderosa Fire to 84, up from 50 a day earlier.

The blaze has consumed 44 square miles of rugged, densely forested land about 30 miles east of Redding since it was sparked by lightning Saturday. The fire was 57 percent contained Thursday.

About 2,500 firefighters are working to contain the fire burning near small towns in Shasta and Tehama counties.

The blaze was one of several major fires burning across California. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties in response to the wildfires.

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