Fire crews make some gains against twin fires

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — California officials say fire crews have made some gains against twin wildfires that are threatening several lakeside towns.

The state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday that firefighters increased containment from 5 to 10 percent of the two fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties in Northern California.

The wildfires have destroyed seven homes and have burned 116 square miles (300 square kilometers) of rural land.

Officials on Monday ordered residents of two towns near Clear Lake to evacuate.

The notice was for the towns of Kelseyville and Finley and brought the number of people affected by the those fires to about 18,000.