A fast-moving wildfire erupted near the Northern California town of Weed Monday afternoon, forcing evacuations and burning at least 100 structures, officials said.
"We're probably in excess of 100 structures lost," firefighters said as the out-of-control blaze burned near town, the Record Searchlight reported.
The fire is burning in Siskiyou County, near the Oregon border. Officials ordered evacuations of schools, businesses, and homes in the area.
An evacuation center for the community was set up at Fairgrounds in Yreka, CalFire said.
The fire prompted emergency road closures in the area, including Interstate 5 — which connects California and Oregon — and State Route 97.
California fire officials said the blaze had burned more than 300 acres and the United States Forest Service had been called in to provide additional assistance.
The power grid in the area was also reportedly destroyed by the fire and power had been shut off.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
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