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Northern California fire 20% contained, continues to threaten homes

July 15, 2012 | 10:31 am

The so-called Robbers fire in Northern California has burned 2,250 acres and continues to threaten homes, officials said Sunday.

The Placer County fire was 20% contained by 7 a.m., said Matt Damon, information officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire has been burning since Wednesday northwest of Foresthill and threatened 170 homes, Damon said. Evacuations remained in effect Sunday morning.

A total of 1,952 firefighters remained on the scene, fighting the blaze with helicopters, bulldozers and water tenders.

The Red Cross set up an evacuation center with cots, sleeping bags and other basic necessities for affected residents at the Foresthill High School gym.

The California forestry department also has set up an information line for area residents at (530) 823-4083.

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