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Northern California Wildfire Threatens Wine Country Homes

SAN FRANCISCO — A wildfire in rural Northern California's Napa County damaged two homes and forced the evacuation of 200 others, but so far is not posing a to the vineyards that are the region's claim to fame.

The fire in Pope Valley grew to nearly six square miles Wednesday, a day after it broke out.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says it damaged nine structures including two homes and threatened hundreds more.

Fire activity increased about noon Wednesday as temperatures again soared into the 90s and the blaze continued burning northeast into neighboring Lake County. The blaze is 30 percent contained.

Elsewhere in California, firefighters were surrounding a blaze in Shasta-Trinity National Forest that forced the evacuation of about 15 homes. A forest spokeswoman said the fire has burned through 35 acres since it started Tuesday and was 70 percent contained.

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