Chips fire threatens 900 homes, 20 percent contained

12:52 PM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
Chips Fire smoke over Rock Creek Dam on the north fork of the Feather River Canyon, Aug. 6, 2012. Photo courtesy Mike Hoover
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PLUMAS COUNTY, CA (AP) - Fire officials say crews are battling to reestablish containment lines as a blaze in far Northern California is continuing to threaten about 900 homes and prompting voluntary evacuations.

Story: Evacuation advisements expanded for Chips Fire

Spokeswoman Alissa Tanner said Wednesday that firefighters in the Chips Fire in the Plumas National Forest are creating new lines after pulling back on Tuesday after blowing embers helped spread the blaze along its southern end.

She said crews are also worried that anticipated thunderstorms may bring strong winds and spread the fire even further. The blaze has already burned 42,215 acres (66 square miles) and is 20 percent contained

The Associated Press

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