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BREAKING: Northern California Wildfire Claims 100 Structures, Forces Evacuations

A raging wildfire, which erupted Monday afternoon, has damaged or destroyed 100 structures and has forced the evacuation of more than 1000 residents in Northern California, near Weed.

The Boles Fire has scorched 300 acres, and prompted the closure of Interstate 5, according to CalFire.

Evacuation orders were issued for residents in Weed, Carrick and Lake Shastina, CalFire reported. An evacuation center has been opened at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka.

In the afternoon hours as the blaze continue to spread, wind gusts were up to 30 mph this afternoon with highs around 98 degrees, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

The area has seen only nine percent of its normal rainfall since April, he added.

Relative humidity was about 10-15 percent Monday afternoon.

"Winds should subside this evening and relative humidity will go back up, " Edwards said, adding that conditions will improve to aid in the firefighting effort.

Thumbnail image courtesy of the California Department of Transportation Webcam