Northern California wildfire destroys or damages 100 homes; 1,500 evacuated

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Two fires are forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in California. A separate fire has burned at least one and a half square miles in Oregon. (Sept. 15)

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SAN FRANCISCO — A wind-driven wildfire near the Oregon border has damaged or destroyed 100 homes and forced at least 1,500 people to flee.

Authorities say the tiny town of Weed near the base of Mount Shasta is under siege from a 300-acre blaze that erupted around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The blaze also burned Weed's Catholic church to the ground and damaged a lumber mill.

Winds gusting to 40 mph are pushing the flames into the town. Siskiyou County sheriff's deputies have gone door-to-door to evacuate the town and nearby Carrick and Lake Shastina.

The main north-south freeway, Interstate 5, has been closed in the area.

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