Fire that threatened homes in California is fully contained

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that might have been started by fireworks and burned more than 320 acres while threatening homes in the California city of Vacaville was 100 percent contained Sunday, officials said.

The fire started Saturday night and embers were quickly spread by winds that gusted to 40 mph, said Mark Mazzaferro, a spokesman for the city between San Francisco and Sacramento.

“It’s bone dry out there,” Mazzaferro said. “Talk about a recipe for a big fire.”

About 125 people left their homes in voluntary evacuations. Several homes were threatened, but no structures were burned, he said.

A crew of at least 130 firefighters worked throughout the night to battle the blaze that could have been started by fireworks.

“Eyewitnesses have told fire officials they saw someone using fireworks in the park shortly before the fire started, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation,” Mazzaferro said.

In El Dorado County, fire crews fully contained two small wildfires that started last week.

One blaze burned 25 acres after it was likely sparked by lightning near Somerset. The other fire burned 35 acres south of Shingle Springs.

No structures were threatened or damaged.

 

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