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Northern California Wildfire Burns Homes, Causes Injuries

In this image from a Cal Fire monitoring camera from Hammond Ranch, the Mill Fire burns near Weed, Calif., Friday Sept. 2, 2022. (Cal Fire/ALERTWildfire Network via AP)
In this image from a Cal Fire monitoring camera from Hammond Ranch, the Mill Fire burns near Weed, Calif., Friday Sept. 2, 2022. (Cal Fire/ALERTWildfire Network via AP)
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Weed, Calif. (AP) -- A fast-moving wildfire in rural Northern California injured several people Friday, destroyed multiple homes and forced thousands of residents to flee, jamming roadways at the start of a sweltering Labor Day weekend.

The blaze dubbed the Mill Fire started on or near the property of Roseburg Forest Products, a plant that manufactures wood veneers. It quickly burned through homes, pushed by 35-mph (56-kph) winds, and by evening had engulfed 4 square miles (10.3 square kilometers) of ground.