California Wildfire Doubles in Size, Five Dead

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(From UPI)

Five people have died since a wildfire that broke out Monday in Northern California jumped the Sacramento River Thursday and headed toward the city of Redding. . . .

The wildfire threatened thousands of homes in Redding, California, Saturday after nearly doubling in size the night before.

It has been driven by winds, dry vegetation and high temperatures and has now burned through 80,906 acres with 5 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

President Donald Trump on Saturday issued an emergency declaration in California and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts in dealing with the wildfires.

The fire ignited Monday after the mechanical failure of a vehicle, according to Cal Fire.

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