WEAVERVILLE, Calif. -- Flames burned through houses and businesses after a fast-moving wildfire forced officials to evacuate more than half of this former mining town of 3,550.
Residents who fled Tuesday night with handfuls of belongings waited to hear if they still had homes. They were ordered to evacuate after high wind fanned the blaze toward the town, about 200 miles north of San Francisco, said California Department of Forestry spokesman Steve Gasaway.
The fire had destroyed at least nine homes, businesses and garages. Gasaway said the full extent of the damage wasn't known. No injuries were reported.
About 100 miles to the south, a man suspected of starting a fire in which two firefighting pilots died when their planes clipped wings was expected to be arraigned Wednesday on murder charges.
The planes collided Monday over a blaze that may have broken out at an illegal methamphetamine lab in the woods near Hopland. Frank Brady, 50, of Redwood Valley was charged with two counts of murder. Richard Mortensen, 43, of San Pablo was arrested on outstanding warrants for drug and weapons charges.
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