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The Latest: Northern California wildfire triples in size

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REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say a wildfire roaring through timber and brush on both sides of a Northern California highway tripled in size overnight, prompting mandatory evacuations.
The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the blaze burning along Interstate 5 near Redding had grown to 23 square miles (60 square kilometers). It was 8 square miles (21 square kilometers) on Wednesday.
Officials did not immediately say how many people the evacuation order affected. The fire is in a rural area with scattered homes.
Officials said the blaze was human-caused but they didn't indicate whether it was arson or accident.
Truckers abandoned their vehicles as flames roared up hillsides. Officials say about 17 big-rigs were abandoned and at least four caught fire.
A wildfire nearby that was only contained last week left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people.