OROVILLE - Erratic winds are fueling a wildfire in Northern California that is threatening more than 400 structures and forcing hundreds of people and animals to evacuate.

Officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are warning that the shifting winds mean the direction of the nearly 2,000-acre fire in Butte County can change rapidly.

The fire is 45 percent contained.

The 900 firefighters on the scene are among 5,000 firefighters battling 10 wildfires burning in California.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for coastal counties from Mendocino to Monterey due to the possibility that dry lightning and gusty winds could create dangerous fire conditions.

A fire weather watch begins Monday for the Northern California mountains and foothills. Predicted thunderstorms could heighten fire danger.



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