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Tracy Porter, of Paradise, Calif., uses an axe to fragment a burning tree damaged by the Eiler Fire on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in the Lassen National Park near Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A firefighter with the Anderson, Calif., Fire Protection District douses hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire along Highway 89 on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, near Burney, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Black Eagles 5 fire crew out of Porterville, Calif., walk along a road as smoke from the Eiler Fire fills the air on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Robyn Garner, left, visits the fire-ravaged Fireside Village, a business that has been in her family for 30 years, along with family friend Haunani Merck-Spencer, in yellow, in the aftermath of the Eiler Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Light rain and higher humidity are helping crews make progress in their fight against two wildfires in the Northern California forest that are just miles apart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
J.P. Soares, left, and Ben Servin, of the Los Banos, Calif., Fire Dept., put down hot spots along highway 89 on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, near Hat Creek, Calif. Light rain and higher humidity are helping crews make progress in their fight against two wildfires in the Northern California forest that are just miles apart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Firefighters from the Imperial County, Calif., Fire Dept., look for hot spots in the aftermath of the Eiler Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, near Hat Creek, Calif. Light rain and higher humidity are helping crews make progress in their fight against two wildfires in the Northern California forest that are just miles apart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
J.P. Soares, left, and Ben Servin, of the Los Banos, Calif., Fire Dept., put down hot spots along highway 89 on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, near Hat Creek, Calif. Light rain and higher humidity are helping crews make progress in their fight against two wildfires in the Northern California forest that are just miles apart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Robyn Garner visits the fire-ravaged Fireside Village, a business that has been in her family for 30 years, in the aftermath of the Eiler Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Light rain and higher humidity are helping crews make progress in their fight against two wildfires in the Northern California forest that are just miles apart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Ben Servin, of the Los Banos, Calif., Fire Dept., works mop up duty in the aftermath of the Eiler Fire along highway 89 on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, near Hat Creek, Calif. Light rain and higher humidity are helping crews make progress in their fight against two wildfires in the Northern California forest that are just miles apart. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Remington Jones, of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif., Engine 1130 looks for hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, near Burney, Calif. The fire is threatening more than 700 homes, some of which have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Remington Jones, of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif., Engine 1130, looks for hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, near Burney, Calif. The fire is threatening more than 700 homes, some of which have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Remington Jones, of the Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif., Engine 1130, works on putting out hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, near Burney, Calif. The fire is threatening more than 700 homes, some of which have been evacuated. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Philip Logan, left, and and Chris Sharp of the Farmington N.M. Fire Dept. monitor the Eiler Fire on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, near Burney Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Derek Dellinger, of Redding, Calif., watches the Eiler Fire from a lookout point on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, outside of Burney, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Pat Campbell, of Callahan, Calif., cuts down a tree damaged by the Eiler Fire, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, near Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Matt Rietenbach, of the Shasta County Fire Dept. Montgomery Creek, hoses down hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Matt Rietenbach, left, of the Shasta County Fire Dept. Montgomery Creek, hoses down hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire around a burned down structure on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Matt Rietenbach, right, of the Shasta County Fire Dept. Montgomery Creek, hoses down hot spots left behind by the Eiler Fire on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Black Eagles 5 fire crew out of Porterville, Calif., walk along a road as smoke from the Eiler Fire fills the air on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A helicopter performs a water drop over the Salt Creek fire burning 20 miles northwest of Medford, Oregon, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The blaze is part of a larger, fast-growing wildfire along the Oregon-California border that has spurred evacuation notices. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Forestry, Justin Corns)
This image provided by the Madera County Sheriff's Office shows fire burning in the French Fire, Sunday Aug. 3, 2014 in Madera, Calif. A pair of wildfires, including the French Fire, burning without restraint about 8 miles apart in northeast California became the focus of state and federal firefighters Sunday as authorities reported that one of the blazes had destroyed eight homes and prompted the precautionary evacuation of a small long-term care hospital. (AP Photo/Madera County Sheriff's Office)
This Aug. 1, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows the Eiler Fire burning Old Station, California. The Eiler Fire near Old Station has consumed nearly 23,000 acres and destroyed eight homes in the process, according to fire officials, Sunday Aug. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service)
Phil Lewis, left, and Danny Oilar, who were offering support to fire crews by providing water trucks, chat in front of a fire-ravaged forest on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Hat Creek, Calif. Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
This Aug. 2, 2014 satellite image provided by NASA shows a view from space of several fires burning in northern California and southern Oregon. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the image. Red outlines show where high surface temperatures are associated with active burning. Authorities said Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, the wildfire burning in Oregon's wind-swept Columbia River Gorge has destroyed a home, damaged two others and is threatening 740 more. All graphic material is in the original image from the source. The horizontal line in the upper third of the photo is the Oregon-California border. (AP Photo/NASA)
This Aug. 2, 2014 satellite image provided by NASA shows a view from space of several fires burning in northern California and southern Oregon. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured the image. Red outlines show where high surface temperatures are associated with active burning. Many areas of active burning are seen as smoke plumes blossomed into towering pyrocumulus clouds. The change was most dramatic over the Beaver Complex fire along the border of California and Oregon. Pyrocumulus clouds - sometimes called “fire clouds” are similar to cumulus clouds. But the heat that forces the air to rise - which leads to cooling and condensation of water vapor) - comes from fire instead of sun-warmed ground. (AP Photo/NASA)
In this Aug. 2, 2014 photo provided by Bob Grate, firefighters from the Black Eagle II Hotshot crew have wrapped a historic cabin with radiant and convective heat resistant materials as protection against the French Fire in the Sierra National Forest near North Fork, Calif. Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town on Monday. (AP Photo/Bob Crate)
In this Aug. 2, 2014 photo provided by Bob Grate, firefighters from the Black Eagle II Hotshot crew wrap a historic cabin with radiant and convective heat resistant materials as protection against the French Fire in the Sierra National Forest near North Fork, Calif. Humid conditions gave crews hope in their battle against two wildfires in Northern California that have scorched more than 100 square miles and are menacing a small town on Monday. (AP Photo/Bob Crate)
This Thursday, July 24, 2014 aerial photo shows burned areas around the town of Pateros, Wash., next to the Columbia River. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Washington because of the fires. The declaration authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to coordinate disaster relief and help state and local agencies with equipment and resources. (AP Photo)
Green orchard areas stand out in contrast to burned out areas in the aftermath of wildfires that swept through Pateros, Wash., in this Thursday, July 24, 2014, aerial photo. Fire spokesman Pete Buist says the biggest wildfire in the state's history remains at 52 percent contained on Thursday. However, the weather forecast calls for hot and dry conditions to return over the next few days. (AP Photo)
A Sikorsky Skycrane helicopter with a hose used for loading water from rivers and lakes to dump on wildfires comes in for a landing at the airport in Omak, Wash., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo)
This Thursday, July 24, 2014 aerial photo shows a building and vehicles destroyed by wildfires that swept through Pateros, Wash. Fire spokesman Pete Buist says the biggest wildfire in the state's history remains at 52 percent contained on Thursday. However, the weather forecast calls for hot and dry conditions to return over the next few days. (AP Photo)
A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Firefighter Kathleen Calvin looks around as she sits atop her fire truck while waiting to begin work as smoke from a wildfire fills the sky behind Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Winthrop, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Smoke from fires increased the intensity of red and yellow hues during sunset over the Methow Valley Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A plane drops fire retardant over a hillside above Twisp, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Wind whips a U.S. flag and a Washington state flag as smoke from wildfires fills the air near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. High winds throughout the afternoon and evening made it difficult for firefighters to gain ground on blazes across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
CAMP PENDLETON, CA - MAY 16: The Las Pulgas Fire lights the night on May 16, 2014 at Camp Pendleton, California. The fire is one of three large wildfires on Camp Pendleton that have scorched more than 22,000 acres. Firefighters have been battling 11 wildfires in San Diego County this week, including the fires on the Marine base. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
CAMP PENDLETON, CA - MAY 16: The Las Pulgas Fire lights the night on May 16, 2014 at Camp Pendleton, California. The fire is one of three large wildfires on Camp Pendleton that have scorched more than 22,000 acres. Firefighters have been battling 11 wildfires in San Diego County this week, including the fires on the Marine base. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN MARCOS, CA - MAY 16: Scorched hills surround firefighters and a hilltop house after it saved from the Cocos fire on May 16, 2014 in San Marcos, California. The fire continues to threaten communities with little containment three days after nine wildfires broke out in a single day in San Diego County. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN MARCOS, CA - MAY 15: A house burns at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN MARCOS, CA - MAY 15: A house burns at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN MARCOS, CA - MAY 15: A house burns at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
SAN MARCOS, CA - MAY 15: Flames spread at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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By SUDHIN THANAWALA and TERRY COLLINS
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Three trapped firefighters had to deploy their personal fire shelters as a rapid wind shift sent a Northern California wildfire burning over their location Monday, authorities said. All three survived with no serious injuries.

The firefighters had created a predetermined safety zone earlier in the day and retreated there when the fire worsened about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Beaver Fire spokesman Corey Wilford said. Still, the flames burned over their location. A thunderstorm produced winds as high as 35 mph, causing extreme fire behavior.

Wilford said all firefighters in the area were withdrawing as the thunderstorm approached. All personnel were safe late Monday night, he said.

The three were not immediately identified. Wilford said he didn't know if they suffered any minor injuries.

The fire in Siskiyou County near Klamath River, California, has burned across nearly 40 square miles and was reported 30 percent contained.

The sheriff's office issued more mandatory evacuation notices Monday but Wilford did not immediately know how many homes were affected.

The Beaver Fire and a second Northern California blaze reportedly were threatening nearly 750 rural homes.

Meanwhile, crews were anticipating the possibility of more lightning strikes while battling a lightning-sparked wildfire in Mendocino County about 200 miles southwest of the Klamath blazes. The fire near Laytonville had burned through nearly 15 square miles and was threatening nearly 60 structures. Mandatory evacuation orders remained in place.

Elsewhere in the West, rescuers escorted to safety 19 hikers trapped on Sunday by a wildfire atop Saddle Mountain State Park near Seaside, Oregon.

And in Idaho, firefighters made progress against the state's largest wildfire, which had burned 101 square miles on the Idaho side of the Snake River near the Oregon and Washington border. The fire was nearly 50 percent contained, though crews were expecting triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds later in the week that could pose problems.

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