About 4,000 Shasta County residents have been told to evacuate their homes because of a wildfire north of Redding that has destroyed structures.
The Fawn Fire ignited Wednesday afternoon in the area of Fawndale and Radcliff roads, according to Cal Fire. A 30-year-old Palo Alto woman was arrested Wednesday and is suspected of arson after walking through brush near where a wildfire was burning in the area. The Fawn Fire has exploded in size and had charred an estimated 5,850 acres, or 9 square miles, as of Friday morning, according to Cal Fire. Some 25 structures have been confirmed destroyed and more than 9,000 remain threatened. The fire is 10% contained.
"It’s called wind," Scott Ross, Cal Fire spokesperson, said Thursday when asked about the fast growth of the fire.