Evacuations were ordered Thursday in a Northern California community as a new wildfire swept across the state Friday, authorities said.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order for the Fawn Fire in the out-of-the-way Mountain Gate area, north of the town of Redding on the far north end of Central Valley.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order Thursday, instructing residents to assemble on a short-term basis in a parking lot at Shasta College in Redding.

The fire has grown to nearly 2 square miles since it broke out on Wednesday afternoon and has been contained as long as 5% of the population.

Nationally, more than 9.000 firefighters were still working for 10 major active wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Services.


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