BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California were battling a new wildfire that broke out Monday east of Sacramento and forced a number of evacuations.
The fire that burned in Amador County quickly spread to 959 acres (388 hectares) just after 7 p.m. Monday, according to Cal Fire. Firefighters had earlier said on Twitter that the blaze was 75 acres (30 hectares) in size and “burning at a dangerous rate of spread through dry grass”.
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office said about 100 people celebrating July 4 at a beach along an area river had to be evacuated when the fire broke out, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. .
According to Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman, rescuers have taken the evacuees to a nearby Pacific Gas & Electric Co. facility, where they are safe but could be stranded for some time.
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The fire is one of many burning in the state.
Earlier Monday, authorities said evacuation orders and warnings had been lifted in another northern California county after a wildfire threatened about 500 homes and other buildings there.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said warnings related to the Rices fire were lifted early Monday. Residents were urged to exercise caution when returning to the area due to potential damage.
The fire broke out last Tuesday near the Yuba River and destroyed 5 homes and 8 other structures, fire officials said.
It started with a building on fire and the flames spread to nearby dry vegetation in the rural area northeast of Sacramento, halfway between the State Capitol and the Nevada border.
The fire has burned approximately 900 acres (366 hectares) and is 65% contained. It should be fully contained by Tuesday, officials said.
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