PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a deadly blaze that leveled a Northern California town has spread overnight but crews also got some control of the flames.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Saturday that the wildfire grew to 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) but it’s 20 percent contained.
Cal Fire says the blaze that started Thursday in the hills near the town of Paradise destroyed 6,453 homes and 260 businesses.
An additional 15,000 structures are threatened. At least nine people have died.
Officials say more than 3,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is California’s most destructive wildfire since record-keeping began.