Northern California wildfires

Shasta County firefighter Bob Baker mops up an area affected by the Clover Fire in Happy Valley

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Crews assessing the damage from a wildfire in Northern California have now determined that 68 homes were destroyed, up from the earlier tally of 37, a fire official said on Thursday.

The fire began Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in the community of Happy Valley, about 150 miles north of Sacramento, and winds sent it spreading at 500 acres an hour.

Residents were given just minutes to grab their belongings and leave, as the fire jumped roads and engulfed homes. (Associated Press)

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