Wednesday 22 October 2014

Wildfire brought under control

Published 28/07/2014 | 10:24

Wildfires have claimed 13 homes in California

Fire officials are optimistic they may soon have the upper hand on a wildfire burning near vineyards in Northern California that has led to evacuation orders for around 1,200 people.

After growing rapidly since it began on Friday, crews were able to hold the Sand Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento to a little under 6 square miles overnight. Containment, meanwhile, increased by 15%, to 65%.

The fire has destroyed 13 homes and 38 other structures, as it burns in rugged grassland and timber near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties. About 450 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders.

State fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean says fire crews are still wary, however, with another day of possible triple digit temperatures expected.

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