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Fire in Auburn burns homes, commercial buildings; evacuations ordered

August 30, 2009 |  7:09 pm


A fire in Auburn, Calif., about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento, has burned through multiple homes and commercial buildings, officials say.

Evacuations are underway in the northern part of Auburn, said Mary Welna, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials did not have an exact count of how many homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed.

The fire, which began this afternoon in hot weather and low humidity, was wind-whipped and by this evening had burned more than 500 acres. It began near Highway 49 and Quartz Drive. It is 25% contained.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II