At least three dead as fast-moving wildfire spreads in Northern California


FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, firefighters watch the Bear Fire approach in Oroville, Calif. Climate-connected disasters seem everywhere in the crazy year 2020. But scientists Wednesday say it’ll get worse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. (NewsNation Now) — At least three people have died in a Northern California fire that has forced thousands from their homes.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced Wednesday that two people had been found dead in one location and the third elsewhere all in connection to the Bear Fire. 

The Bear Fire, which is part of the North Complex Fires, was one of more than two dozen in the state, including three of five largest ever.

The Bear Fire is northeast of San Francisco, and is threatening several communities. Stoked by high winds, it’s burned a 25-mile path through mountainous terrain and parched foothills.

4,200 structures were at risk in Butte County. 200 of them were damaged or destroyed on Wednesday, officials said.

Evacuations orders and warnings are in place throughout the area. Below is a map of evacuations put together by the Butte County Sheriff’s Department.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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