- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire surged up to the edge of a forest community in far Northern California, but there were no reports of damage or destruction to the hundreds of homes under threat.

“It made a pretty significant run,” fire information officer Dave Schmitt said late Tuesday, with spot fires of more than 20 acres north of the Klamath River near the community of Hamburg putting homes in serious danger.

Some 250 homes were under mandatory evacuation orders, with nearly 750 threatened, Schmitt said.

The blaze remained two miles away much of Tuesday, but a late afternoon emergence of low humidity and gusty winds in the Klamath National Forest brought renewed fire activity. Both the conditions and the stronger fire are expected to persist well into Wednesday.

The blaze had burned through 100 square miles and containment efforts were in early stages.

“We saw these conditions a few days ago, but the fire was much farther away from the communities. Now it’s much closer,” fire information officer Paul Gibbs said. “If it does that again, then you might have potential to reach these communities.”

The fire is among a number of lightning-sparked blazes that began in the area in mid-August. The others are either contained or nearly contained.

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