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Flames from California wildfire claim 13 homes

Flames from California wildfire claim 13 homes; 2nd fire near Yosemite threatens others

A DC-10 Air Tanker makes a drop on the Sand Fire at the middle fork of the Cosumnes River in Northern California as firefighters standby to protect a ...
An antique car, one of many destroyed on the Rancho Cicada Retreat property is surrounded by burned trees on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Plymouth, Calif...
A City of Folsom firefighter moves through burned trees and ash not far from the origin of the Sand Fire in Amador County on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in...
Bill Cleek, left, embraces his good friend, Terry Cromwell outside a structure which housed one of many antique cars destroyed by a fire at Rancho Cic...
Bill Cleek looks over the remains of one of his cabins which was destroyed by a fire at his Rancho Cicada Retreat in Amador County, Sunday, July 27, 2...

California Wildfire

A DC-10 Air Tanker makes a drop on the Sand Fire at the middle fork of the Cosumnes River in Northern California as firefighters standby to protect a ...

California Wildfires

An antique car, one of many destroyed on the Rancho Cicada Retreat property is surrounded by burned trees on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Plymouth, Calif...

California Wildfires

A City of Folsom firefighter moves through burned trees and ash not far from the origin of the Sand Fire in Amador County on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in...

California Wildfires

Bill Cleek, left, embraces his good friend, Terry Cromwell outside a structure which housed one of many antique cars destroyed by a fire at Rancho Cic...

California Wildfires

Bill Cleek looks over the remains of one of his cabins which was destroyed by a fire at his Rancho Cicada Retreat in Amador County, Sunday, July 27, 2...

PLYMOUTH, California (AP) -- Wildfires burning near Northern California vineyards and in the Yosemite National Park area were threatening hundreds of homes even as crews worked to contain them.

A blaze in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was 50 percent surrounded by firefighters as of late Sunday, after burning 13 homes and 38 outbuildings. It has scorched roughly 6 square miles (15 square kilometers) of rugged grassland and timber near wine-growing regions.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement that about 515 homes remained threatened and under evacuation orders.

The fire started Friday when a vehicle drove over vegetation that is tinder-dry from years of drought.

About 1,900 firefighters, aided by aircraft including a DC-10 air tanker, were working to control the blaze.

The fire destroyed homes, cabins and a collection of 13 antique cars that a man was restoring in the town of Plymouth, the Sacramento Bee reported.

In Central California, a fire near the popular tourist destination of Yosemite National Park had spread to about 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) and continued to threaten the small town of Foresta, where it destroyed one home.

The park itself, home to such sites as Half Dome mountain, Yosemite Meadows, a grove of Giant Sequoia trees and other wonders, remained open throughout Sunday and authorities said none of its treasures were threatened.

Wildfires also burned in other Western states, including Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Utah.


Updated : 2021-05-15 17:19 GMT+08:00