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So-called “Robbers” wildfire in Calif. 20 percent contained

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FORESTHILL, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are battling high temperatures and strong afternoon winds as they tackle a wildfire in Northern California.

CalFire spokesman Brice Bennett says fire crews are working in what he describes as “extremely treacherous terrain” in a rugged area of thick woods near the Placer County community of Colfax.

The so-called Robbers Fire is threatening about 170 homes. Bennett says it’s already destroyed one home and three outbuildings.

Since the blaze was first reported Wednesday, July 11th, it has consumed about 3.5 square miles. It’s 20 percent contained.

Eleven firefighters have been injured battling the fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Meanwhile, a fire burning to the northwest is 60 percent contained after consuming about 42 square miles of the Mendocino National Forest.