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Crews focusing north in Mendocino County wildfire

5:13 AM, Sep 4, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say firefighters will be focusing on the northern edge of a wildfire in a rugged and remote area in Mendocino County.

Fire spokeswoman Kate Kramer says crews will spend Monday building containment lines along that stretch as the North Pass fire enters its third week.

Seven homes and nine outbuildings have been destroyed in the blaze burning northeast of Covelo. Kramer says 21 homes and five commercial buildings are also threatened but are not in any immediate danger.

Meanwhile, officials say no injuries were reported after a helicopter was forced to land Saturday after hitting a tree and damaging its rotor blades during a water drop.

More than 1,600 firefighters continue battling the blaze, which has scorched more than 65 square miles and remains at 58 percent contained.

The Associated Press

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