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Evacuations still in place for NorCal blaze with rain on the way

A large home that survived last week's wildfire sits by the burned ruins of a nearby home, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. A new blaze broke out in the Santa Cruz mountains Monday night.
A large home that survived last week's wildfire sits by the burned ruins of a nearby home, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. A new blaze broke out in the Santa Cruz mountains Monday night.
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Light rain forecast in Northern California is expected to help firefighters battling the remains of wildfires that have burned for more than a week in wine country.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Walbrun said about a tenth of an inch of rain is expected Thursday night. He said it won't be enough to drench fires, but the precipitation combined with moist winds should help.

The fires were fed by dry winds after starting Oct. 8. The blazes have killed at least 42 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes.

The Bear Fire, which began blazing through the Santa Cruz mountains south of the Bay Area on Oct. 16, is one of the most recent. It is currently only 10 percent contained and has burned more than 270 acres. 

Authorities say the evacuations of 150 homes are ongoing. The vegetation blaze was sparked by a house fire.

CalFire reported on Wednesday that the fire is burning to the north, west and east on steep, inaccessible terrain covered by dry brush. Low humidity is hampering their efforts to control it,  and winds are expected to increase later in the day.

At least one structure was destroyed, Rob Sherman, assistant chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told KNTV news.

Five firefighters have been injured battling the blaze, and nearly 900 firefighters have been deployed to beat back the flames.

One firefighter was rescued after falling down a steep ravine and is being transported to a hospital. California Department of Fire and Forestry spokeswoman Angela Bernheisel says the firefighter has a possible wrist fracture.

Another firefighter was treated earlier for smoke inhalation.

This story has been updated.