NorCal fire destroys 84 buildings
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.