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Wildfire in California burns down 22,000 acres in 24 hours

Staff Writer |
A growing wildfire in Yolo County of California that sparked Saturday afternoon had burned down 22,000 acres (83.1 square kilometers) till Sunday morning and forced evacuations, authorities said.

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According to the update information of Cal Fire Sunday noon, fueled by hot winds and unrelenting heat, the fire dubbed Guinda Fire is scorching very fast with zero containment so far in a rural area near Guinda, an unincorporated community with a population of 254.

Some 29 fire crews, 110 engines and 12 helicopters are coordinating efforts on the blaze, which broke out about 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Cal Fire said, adding that no report of structures being destroyed or damaged.

Photo posted on official page of the National Weather Service (NWS) shows smoke plume from Guinda Fire is visible from the agency's rooftop in Sacramento, 45 miles (76.1 kilometers) away from the scene.

Meanwhile, Cal Fire also disclosed Sunday noon that about 30 miles (50.7 km) to the northwest in Lake County, the 14,150-acre (57.2-sq. km) Pawnee Fire, 70 percent of which has been contained, flared up Saturday afternoon again after a break in containment lines.

More than 1,000 firefighters are struggling against the Pawnee Fire and new evacuation order has been issued.

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