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CA wildfire forces evacuations

Over 300 residents remained out of their homes Friday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | KYBURZ, Calif. | October 14, 2004

Over 300 residents remained out of their homes Friday due to a wildfire in northern California's El Dorado National Forest.

Police evacuated the towns of Kyburz and Silver Fork Wednesday evening as flames from the Fred Fire quickly spread just north of Highway 50 in the area, according to an El Dorado National Forest spokesperson. No homes have burned yet.

The 5,000-acre blaze is 30% contained, and fire officials expect it to be fully contained on Sunday. Its cause is being investigated. A nearby community center is housing the evacuees in the meantime.

The fire continues to threaten some forest buildings and the two towns. Sections of Highway 50 are closed off due to the wildfire as well.

Another wildfire in northern California had prompted voluntary evacuations in the Rumsey Canyon area of Yolo and Napa Counties earlier this week. The evacuation order has been lifted now as the Rumsey Fire is expected to be fully contained on Saturday. The 38,000-acre fire burned two forest service buildings.

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