Firefighters battle northern California blaze that destroyed 30 buildings
MANTON, Calif. – Firefighters were able to stop the expansion of a 2,300-acre wildfire that destroyed 30 buildings, injured three firefighters and forced residents to evacuate, an official said.By Saturday night, more than 1,700 firefighters were battling the fast-moving blaze and were able to halt its progress after winds died down, said Elmer Benson, spokesman for the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.”The forward progress has stopped, and they’ve held it,” he said. “We don’t expect it to go on,” Benson said.Benson said the fire, which began Friday, was 30 percent contained and he expected it to be fully contained by Monday morning.The cause of the blaze remained unknown. Fire officials said it was man-made but have ruled out arson.Three people working to extinguish the blaze had minor injuries.In Utah, a 1,500-acre fire forced the temporary evacuation of 100 residents about 150 miles east of Salt Lake City.In rural southwestern Oregon, officials said a 1,600-acre fire near Selma was about 30 percent contained. It destroyed five homes after threatening more than 100.Vail – Colorado
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