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June 16, 2008

California Fires

A number of wildfires burned across Northern California late last week, and over the weekend. Firefighters have them all under control now, with the largest, the Humboldt Fire, now 90% contained with 74 homes destroyed, and at least $11 million in damage. Residents began returning to their homes to see what survived, and what could be salvaged. (16 photos total)

Firefighters work to contain the Humboldt fire which started Wednesday, had grown to 19,000 acres and threatened more than 5,000 structures, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. More than 1,300 firefighters were trying to contain the blaze, which was only 10 percent contained late Thursday June 12, 2008 in Butte Valley, CA. (AP Photo/Jason Halley - Chico Enterprise-Record)

Firefighters work to contain the Humboldt Fire which has grown to more than an 8000 acre fire on day two of the battle Thursday, June 12, 2008 in Paradise, Calif. Hot temperatures, steady winds and tinder-dry vegetation and trees have fueled separate blazes from Butte County north of Sacramento to the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County. (AP Photo/Chico Enterprise-Record, Jason Halley)

Hotspots burn into the night as seen from Durham-Pentz Rd above Clark Rd, in Butte Valley Calif. as firefighters work to contain the Humboldt fire that broke out Wednesday and had burned more than 19,000 acres by Thursday evening, June 12, 2008 in Butte Valley, CA. (AP Photo/Jason Halley - Chico Enterprise-Record)

A Cal Fire S-2 Plane makes a drop as firefighters work to contain the Humboldt Fire which has grown to more than an 8000 acre fire on day two of the battle Thursday, June 12, 2008 in Paradise, Calif. Hot temperatures, steady winds and tinder-dry vegetation and trees have fueled separate blazes from Butte County north of Sacramento to the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County. (AP Photo/Chico Enterprise-Record, Jason Halley)

Ivor DeManty, a firefighter with the Sierra National Forest "Blue Canyon" station, takes a break on Friday, June 13, 2008, as they watch the progress of the Indians Fire in the Los Padres National Forest in southern Monterey County, Calif. (AP Photo/The Monterey County Herald, Vern Fisher)

Cindi Sterling takes a look at the ashes of her home as people begin to return home to see the remains on day four of the Humboldt Fire on Saturday, June 14, 2008 in Paradise, CA. (AP Photo/Chico Enterprise-Record, Jason Halley)

Smoke billows out of the canyon as Cal Fire - Butte County firefighters scramble to stop a fire moving through open land between Humbolt Rd. and Neal Rd. Wednesday May 11, 2008 in Chico, CA. (AP Photo/Jason Halley/Chico Enterprise-Record)

Smoke rises in the sky looking north from Aptos, Calif. at a 100-acre wildfire burning in Santa Cruz county near the town of Bonny Doon on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. About 1,500 residents in the heavily forested hills north of Santa Cruz are being told to leave their homes as a quick-moving wildfire spreads through the area. (AP Photo/Monterey County Herald, Vern Fisher)

A firefighter points to a fire burning in the more than 4,200 acre Indians Fire burning on Fort Hunter Liggett, 21 miles west of King City, Calif. Wednesday June 11, 2008. Fires fed by raging winds raced across parts of Northern California on Tuesday, destroying dozens of homes, threatening hundreds of others and leaving a firefighter severely burned. (AP Photo/Monterey County Herald, Orville Myers)

A firefighter walks past fire burning in the more than 4,200 acre Indians Fire burning on Fort Hunter Liggett, 21 miles west of King City, Calif. Wednesday June 11, 2008. Fires fed by raging winds raced across parts of Northern California on Tuesday, destroying dozens of homes, threatening hundreds of others and leaving a firefighter severely burned. (AP Photo/Monterey County Herald, Orville Myers)

A firefighting plane drops fire retardant on a new quick-moving wildfire in Santa Cruz County, Calif. on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. The fire is expected to expand, forcing hundreds to evacuate areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A second day of hot, dry winds kicked up new fires across the Bay Area and Northern California. (AP Photo/The San Francisco Chronicle, Tony Avelar)

Firefighters work along Neal Rd. to contain the Humboldt Fire which has grown to more than an 8000 acre fire on day two of the battle Thursday, June 12, 2008 in Paradise, Calif. Hot temperatures, steady winds and tinder-dry vegetation and trees have fueled separate blazes from Butte County north of Sacramento to the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County. (AP Photo/Chico Enterprise-Record, Jason Halley)

A firefighter from Clovis watches a wall of fire along Indian Springs Rd. as crews work to contain the Humboldt Fire which has grown to more than an 8,000 acre fire on day two of the battle Thursday, June 12, 2008 in Paradise, Calif. Hot temperatures, steady winds and tinder-dry vegetation and trees have fueled separate blazes from Butte County north of Sacramento to the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County. (AP Photo/Chico Enterprise-Record, Jason Halley)

Mike Douma looks through a window at the damage his home sustained in the Quail Lakes neighborhood in Stockton Calif. Wednesday June 11, 2008 after fires fed by raging winds raced across parts of Northern California on Tuesday, destroying dozens of homes, threatening hundreds of others and leaving a firefighter severely burned. (AP Photo/The Record, Victor J, Blue)

Chrome that had melted and flowed away from a four wheel drive ATV cools at the home of D.J. and Chanter Johnson along Neal Rd. that burned to ashes as people begin to return home to see what remains, Saturday, June 14, 2008 in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/The Chico Enterprise-Record, Jason Halley)

A deer is seen wandering through an area burned by the Humboldt Fire near Paradise, Calif., Friday, June 13, 2008. More than 1,500 firefighters are battling the blaze that has destroyed more than 20 homes and consumed more than 20,000 acres.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


More links and information:
Wildfires burn across Northern California - SF Chronicle
Calif. wildfires destroy homes, force evacuations - boston.com
Current Fire Information - CA Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

 
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