LAKEPORT, California (AP) -- Backed by important firefighting resources, crews are gaining ground against a massive blaze that has destroyed numerous buildings and driven thousands of people from their homes in California, officials said.
The wildfire that has raged across more than 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) of parched terrain was 30 percent contained Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
As firefighters and equipment from outside the state poured in to battle the blaze burning about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of San Francisco, more than 13,000 people were required or urged to leave their homes, vacation cabins and campsites. At least 39 homes have been destroyed.
Aiding in the fight has been the preparation.
Fire officials got ready for a drought-fueled fire season and built up staffs early with several hundred more firefighters than previous years, said Daniel Berlant, a California fire official. "We're definitely at a medium to high level of activity but we're not at extreme, where we are low on resources by any means," he said.
Numerous other wildfires in California, Washington state and Oregon took off as the effects of drought and summer heat turned the West Coast combustible,