New evacuations ordered for California wildfire

UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have ordered more evacuations in Northern California as fires continue to advance.

The orders were issued Thursday night for an area along the boundary of Mendocino National Forest and along portions of the border between Lake and Colusa counties.

The fires north of San Francisco have destroyed 16 homes and are threatening more than 8,000 buildings. State fire officials say the fires are in rugged terrain and continue to grow.

KCRA-TV reports that about 14,000 people are under evacuation orders.

The week-old fires have blackened more than 195 square miles (125,000 acres or 506 square kilometers). The fires are 39 percent contained but the U.S. Forest Service says they continue to grow rapidly thanks to hot, dry, windy weather and an abundance of tinder-dry brush.