Brush fire claims 10,200 acres in Mendocino National Forest |

Brush fire claims 10,200 acres in Mendocino National Forest

STONYFORD, Calif. (AP) – More than 1,400 firefighters were on the line Saturday in the Mendocino National Forest, battling a wildfire that had consumed 10,200 acres of brush and trees.

The blaze, near Stonyford in Colusa County, began Wednesday as a 50-acre fire, but quickly spread across rough terrain. It was reported to be 40 percent contained Saturday.

Five air tankers and 10 helicopters were aiding fire personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, the state Department of Forestry and local fire departments in fighting the fire.

Thursday, several people were evacuated from cabins in the Snow Mountain Wilderness as the blaze headed in their direction. Spokeswoman Phoebe Brown said Saturday firefighters saved 82 structures in and near the Happy Camp area on the eastern edge of that wilderness.

However, 10 homes, primarily privately owned summer cabins, and six outbuildings were destroyed by flames Thursday and a small cabin and an outbuilding were destroyed Friday, officials said.

Two firefighters have been treated for heat exhaustion since the blaze began Wednesday. No other injuries have been reported.

Brown said the fire is continuing to spread into the Snow Mountain Wilderness where firefighters are forced to walk. She said no estimated date of containment has been announced, but she said the winds were expected to be mild Saturday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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