2 homes destroyed, dozens evacuated from forest wildfire in northeast California


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GRASS VALLEY, California — A wildfire burning on heavily forested land in Northern California has destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of dozens more.

The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno and has grown to 250 acres.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the blaze has destroyed two homes and three outbuildings.

But crews are beginning to make progress against the fire. It is 20 percent contained and some early evacuations have been canceled.

The evacuated homes are in the community of Alta Sierra about five miles south of Grass Valley. The Red Cross has set up an evacuation shelter at Bear River High School.

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