California fire that killed 3 threatens thousands of homes

Flames lick above vehicles on Highway 162 as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Sep 10, 2020 9:55 AM By TERENCE CHEA and BRIAN MELLEY Eds: UPDATES: with comment on impact of COVID-19 concerns on evacuations.; With AP Photos.OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire threatened thousands of homes Thursday after winds whipped it into a monster that incinerated houses in a small mountain community and killed at least three people.Several other people have been critically burned and hundreds, if not thousands, of homes and other buildings are believed to have been damaged or destroyed by the fire in the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada, authorities said.About 20,000 people were under evacuation orders or warnings in Plumas, Yuba and Butte counties.Another California fire raging along the Oregon border destroyed 150 homes ne
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