Northern California fire prompts evacuations

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TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. — Crews are battling a blaze in northern California, firefighters said Friday.

The Red Bank Fire is west of the city of Red Bluff in rural Tehama County. According to Calfire, it is 6,500 acres and 5% contained as of 9 a.m. Friday.

Evacuation warnings and road closures are in place.

Firefighters are being helped by the Chico Air Attack Base, using an aircraft with 3000 gallons of retardant in Tehama County.

Neighbors west of Red Bluff were told to leave as smoke filled the sky nearby. The exact number of evacuations and structures threatened is not yet known.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for parts of the area.

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