The Windy fire swirling around California’s giant sequoia trees spurred additional evacuation orders, while a new blaze in Shasta County sent residents fleeing from thick smoke and encroaching flames on Thursday.
The Fawn fire emerged in the Mountain Gate area near Redding on Wednesday afternoon. By midday Thursday, it had exploded to 1,200 acres, with Shasta County Sheriff Michael Johnson declaring a local emergency. By nightfall, it had grown to at least 5,500 acres.
The sheriff’s office has issued evacuation orders for several areas near the fire, including portions of Holiday Road, Old Oregon Trail and Bear Mountain, as well as evacuation warnings for some areas near the 5 Freeway.
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