Northern California fire destroys buildings, forces evacuations

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Hawkinsville, Cal.- A fast-moving fire burned several buildings, forced the evacuation of hundreds of people and threatened approximately 150 homes Wednesday evening. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday night, the Grade Fire had burned 350 acres and was still growing.

The fire began late Wednesday afternoon, about five miles north of Yreka. The cause has not been released.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents in the area of Rocky Gulch, Canyon Gulch, and Hawkins Humbug Roads. Evacuation advisories have been issued for homes north of North Street in Yreka and the Hawkinsville area.

Two air tankers were reportedly dispatched to the wildfire.

Shelter services were set up at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds and Rescue Ranch in Yreka opened its doors to evacuated animals.

CalFire crews planned to work the fire overnight, hoping to gain control.

NBC5 News will continue to provide updates to this story as more information becomes available.

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