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Wildfire Strikes Small Northern California Town

An Alert Wildfire camera view of Ridgewood Grade. Sept. 13, 2021.
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An Alert Wildfire camera view of Ridgewood Grade. Sept. 13, 2021.

Damage assessments were pending Monday in a small Northern California town struck by a small but fast-moving wildfire during the weekend.

The fire erupted suddenly Sunday afternoon in the Mendocino County town of Calpella on the Russian River about 108 miles (174 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The 257-acre (104-hectare) fire was 20% contained with the help of lower temperatures and higher humidity overnight, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.


San Francisco TV station KPIX reported multiple homes were destroyed.

“A damage assessment team has been requested to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed,” a Cal Fire statement said.

In Southern California, a weekend wildfire that temporarily shut down Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles was more than 60% contained by Sunday evening after spreading over 462 acres (187 hectares), according to the Angeles National Forest.

California wildfires have scorched more than 3,437 square miles this year.

“With no significant precipitation in sight, California remains dry and ripe for wildfires,” Cal Fire said.

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