Northern California Wildfire Reduces Streets to Smoldering Rubble, Destroys Over 175 Structures

The spreading blaze is about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

ByEmily Shapiro
August 15, 2016, 4:23 PM

— -- Entire streets have been reduced to smoldering rubble, and more than 175 buildings and other structures have been destroyed, as a Northern California wildfire continues to spread.

The fire about 100 miles north of San Francisco has so far spread to 4,000 acres and is 5 percent contained, officials said.

PHOTO: A truck burns in the town of Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
A truck burns in the town of Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
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PHOTO: A firefighter rescues goats as flames from a wildfire envelope the area in Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
A firefighter rescues goats as flames from a wildfire envelope the area in Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
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The blaze on Sunday swept into Lower Lake, a town of about 1,200 people, according to The Associated Press, where it burned buildings including a post office, a Habitat for Humanity office and a winery.

PHOTO: Firefighters work to control flames as a home burns in the town of Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
Firefighters work to control flames as a home burns in the town of Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
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PHOTO: Freelance photographer Noah Berger rescues a goat while on assignment for the San Francisco Chronicle as flames envelope a property off of Bonham Road near Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
Freelance photographer Noah Berger rescues a goat while on assignment for the San Francisco Chronicle as flames envelope a property off of Bonham Road near Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
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Thousands of people have been evacuated since the fire began Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The cause is under investigation.

PHOTO: A home burns near the town of Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
A home burns near the town of Lower Lake, California, Aug. 14, 2016.
Josh edelson/AP Photo

ABC News' Mary Bruce contributed to this report.

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