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CA fire burns 13 homes

A wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills burned 13 homes and 45 other buildings in rural subdivisions before firefighters obtained 85 percent containment over it on Sunday afternoon.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 5, 2004

A wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills burned 13 homes and 45 other buildings in rural subdivisions before firefighters obtained 85 percent containment over it on Sunday afternoon.

The fire burned more than 2,600 acres, forced some 3,000 people to evacuate, and threatened 1,400 homes and 100 businesses at its peak.

Meanwhile firefighters in California were also battling a 9,200-acre fire in Sonoma County's wine country that was threatening to knock out power to parts of northern California. It was 10 percent contained by Sunday morning, according to the state Department of Forestry.

Major power lines from 21 generating plants in the world's largest geothermal power facility also cross over the terrain near the fire. Two-thirds of the plants were shut down Saturday, according Pacific Gas and Electric. So far electricity rerouted from other plants was keeping power on.


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