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Ranch Fire in Tehama County burns more than 3,700 acres and injures 1, Cal Fire says

More than 1,000 firefighters continue to battle a wildfire burning in a remote area of Tehama County that has grown nearly seven times in size since Monday, now burning more than 5 square miles.

The Ranch Fire, bout 25 miles southwest of Red Bluff, had scorched 3,768 acres and was 15 percent contained as of a Tuesday evening incident update by Cal Fire. Those numbers remained the same as of a 7 a.m. Wednesday update by Cal Fire.

One person has been injured in connection with the fire, according to the Cal Fire website. No further details were available on the injury, and it was not clear whether the injured party was a civilian or emergency personnel.

The wildfire had been 550 acres and 10 percent contained as of Monday morning. Cal Fire says in its latest incident report that firefighters are being challenged by steep terrain and difficult access, and that fire activity remains significant due to warm and dry weather.

The fire ignited Sunday near Colyer Springs and Raglin Ridge roads. The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation advisory for the immediate area, but no structures have been damaged or destroyed. No road closures are in effect as of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire says.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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