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Wind-Whipped Wildfire Forces Evacuations in California

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CALIFORNIA, U.S.  (WDNews) — Firefighters are battling a fierce wildfire east of San Francisco, driven by strong winds and dry conditions. The blaze, named the Corral Fire, erupted Saturday afternoon in the grassy hills near Tracy, about 60 miles from the Bay Area.

The fire has already scorched over 20 square miles and is only 15% contained. Authorities have ordered evacuations, and two major freeways in the area have been closed.

The fire is burning near the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a crucial center for nuclear weapons research. However, officials report that the research center is not currently at risk. Photos from the scene show walls of flames and thick, dark smoke blanketing the sky.

Fire crews continue to fight the flames, but with high winds forecasted, the battle is far from over. The number of structures damaged or destroyed remains unclear as the situation develops.