California Sierra fire forces evacuations in El Dorado County

EL DORADO COUNTY (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire in Northern California’s Sierra foothill grew to more than three square miles Friday, forcing 1,650 people from their homes as the blaze threatens structures.

The fire started Tuesday afternoon, charging through inaccessible terrain and climbing out of a steep canyon along the middle fork of the American River.

Nearly 2,000 fire crews are battling the blaze about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The fire is threatening some than 2,600 homes, businesses, and other structures. No damage to structures or injuries had been reported as of Friday. The fire was 12 percent contained.

The fire has burned 2,551 acres, Cal Fire said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Nearly 2,000 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says the Red Cross has set up an evacuation center in Auburn, near Sacramento and 140 miles northeast of San Francisco.

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