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Northern California Pawnee Fire Only 25 Percent Contained

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By David E. Hubler
Contributor, EDM Digest

More than 27,000 firefighters from across California continue to battle a wildfire in a rugged area north of Sacramento. The fire has forced 1,500 people to flee their homes.

The Pawnee Fire in Lake County has already burned 13,500 acres and is only 25 percent contained, KCRA TV Channel 3 in Sacramento reported on Wednesday. There have been no reports of injuries or deaths.

So far, the blaze has destroyed 12 homes and 10 other buildings. It also threatens another 600 buildings.

Firefighters Having Trouble Getting Equipment Close to Pawnee Fire

There are only a few roads into the remote area where the Pawnee Fire is burning. That has made it difficult for firefighting equipment to get close to the blaze, which began last Saturday.

Cal Fire spokesman Anthony Brown told the Los Angeles Times that the fire has been spreading northeast into hills and valleys and away from homes. Winds have been light and have not posed a significant challenge to firefighters.

State officials blamed the Pawnee Fire and several other wildfires on unusually hot weather, high winds and highly flammable vegetation that had turned brittle by drought.

Governor Jerry Brown Declares State of Emergency

On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, which frees more state resources to fight the fire and for recovery efforts.

Lake County official Jim Steele said the county is impoverished and its firefighting equipment is antiquated. He noted that the area has been susceptible to fires for decades because of dense brush and trees. However, the severity of the latest blazes was unexpected, he acknowledged.

David Hubler David E. Hubler brings a variety of government, journalism and teaching experience to his position as a Quality Assurance Editor at APUS. David’s professional background includes serving as a senior editor at CIA and the Voice of America. He has also been a managing editor for several business-to-business and business-to-government publishing companies. David has taught high school English in Connecticut and at Northern Virginia Community College. He has a master’s degree for Teachers of English from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in English from New York University. In March 2017, Rowman & Littlefield published the paperback edition of David’s latest book, "The Nats and the Grays, How Baseball in the Nation's Capital Survived WWII and Changed the Game Forever."