Crews gain ground against wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire crews are gaining ground against a Northern California wildfire that forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes and has destroyed 12 homes.

The California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire in Lake County north of San Francisco is 25 percent contained as Wednesday morning, up from 17 percent on Tuesday.

The blaze burning through dry brush, grass and timber has scorched 21 square miles (54 square kilometers) since it started on Saturday and is threatening 600 buildings.

State fire officials say high temperatures in the 80s, low humidity and erratic winds helped the blaze expand on Tuesday and that the same weather was expected on Wednesday.

At least 1,500 people remain under mandatory evacuation.