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(SONOMA COUNTY, Calif.) — A wildfire in northern California has destroyed a cooling tower and threatened several geo-thermal power plants in Sonoma County.

The late-season blaze, which was driven by dry weather and gusty winds, is now 25% contained, according to Cal Fire.

No injuries have been reported.

Cal Fire Spokesman Daniel Berlant says hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze.

“We are making good progress on the fire,” Berlant said. “There was one power plant cooling tower that was destroyed by the fire. A number of structures that have been threatened, a number of employees that were initially evacuated from the power plant.”

Berlant said it is unusual to have a wildfire this size, this late in the season. He said, “Conditions have been very dry all summer long, and even though we’ve had a little bit of rain in the past week, the dry winds that we’ve had the last couple of days have allowed this fire to grow just like as if it was summertime.”

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