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Rough, Butte fires: More evacuations as wildfires rage on in North and Central California

Fire crews battled the Butte Fire burning southeast of Sacramento Friday.
Fire crews battled the Butte Fire burning southeast of Sacramento Friday.
Sacramento Fire Dept

Another round of evacuations has been ordered as California's largest wildfire continues to rage in the central part of the state, while a blaze southeast of Sacramento exploded overnight. 

Rough Fire: Small community faces evacuations

Fresno County Sheriff's deputies on Friday were going door to door distributing mandatory evacuation notices to residents in the tiny community of Dunlap, east of Fresno. About 130 people live in Dunlap. It wasn't clear how many would be forced out Friday because of the Rough Fire.

On Thursday, officials from Kings Canyon National Park ordered the evacuation of all park visitors and park employees, concession staff and residents of Wilsonia in the Grant Grove area of the park. The fire is also threatening to sweep through an ancient grove of Giant Sequoia trees in the park.

Lightning strikes on July 31 sparked the wildfire.

— Associated Press

Butte Fire: Fire flares overnight, prompting evacuations

Meanwhile, the Butte Fire that's burning across Amador and Calaveras counties east of Sacramento that started Wednesday escalated overnight. Six structures and two outbuildings have been destroyed, with 6,000 more structures threatened. Affected areas include densely populated communities as well as rural regions, according to Mike Yeun, a public information officer at CalFire.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered.

"This fire is definitely a very complex fire," Yeun told KPCC. "The terrain, the weather and just being in a four-year drought. The field moisture are at record lows."

The Associated Press reports that the Northern California town of San Andreas -- population 2,700 -- is no longer under an evacuation order but residents have been told to be prepared to leave as a big and fast-growing wildfire burns nearby.

CalFire is expecting hot and dry conditions, and firefighters are preparing for the worse.

"We have resources that are arriving every hour [from throughout] the state," said Yeun. 

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Evacuations centers are Jackson Rancheria Hotel, San Andreas Town Hall and Calaveras County Fairgrounds according to Cal Fire. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.