Improving weather aids fight against Sierra Nevada wildfire

BRIDGEport, California (AP) – Climate change has forced hundreds of people to flee their homes and injured seven firefighters during a war on the Sierra Nevada wildfire, officials said Thursday.

The rice fire did not burn overnight, but remained on 904 acres and increased by 12 percent, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Firefighters were assisted by cold weather and increased humidity, Cal Fire said.

The blaze broke out Tuesday in Nevada County near the Euphrates River.

There have been eviction orders for 250 homes in nearby small communities. As of Wednesday night, some 300 people had been injured.

At least one structure was destroyed.

The fire burned as far as the Yuba River but did not pass into neighboring Yuba County.

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