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170 homes under threat from Placer blaze

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POSTED July 16, 2012 8:40 p.m.

FORESTHILL (AP) — Firefighters are struggling to contain a blaze that has consumed one home and forced evacuations from dozens of others in Placer County.

State fire officials on Monday said the Robbers Fire was growing on its northern and eastern edges. It was 30 percent contained.

Residents have been evacuated to a Red Cross shelter in Foresthill, and 170 homes remained under threat.

In addition to the home, four outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire, which has grown to nearly four square miles.

Twelve firefighters have been injured battling the fire, and more than 2,100 personnel are currently on scene.

Another blaze to the northwest, the Mill Fire, was 67 percent contained after charring about 46 square miles of the Mendocino National Forest.

750-acre wildfire in

 forces evacuations

SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) — Fire officials say a 750-acre wildfire on California's Central Coast has forced evacuations of about 50 homes near Highway 58 in rural San Luis Obispo.

State fire spokeswoman Tina Rose says the fire covering just over a square mile was burning in grass, brush and oak woodlands on Monday, forcing the evacuation of Parkhill Road between California Highway 58 and Seven Oaks Road.

More than 200 firefighters are battling the flames, with two helicopters, four air tankers and other equipment.

Firefighters are being challenged by the fire's location in very rough terrain.

Wind gusts up to 21 mph are being reported in the area Monday afternoon and temperatures were in the mid-70s.

Crash of model plane

 may have started LA fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze they believe may have started with the crash of a remote-controlled model airplane.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the fire just after noon Monday burned no more than 10 or 15 acres in the Sepulveda Flood Control Basin.

No structures are in the area, and the blaze was quickly contained.

Humphrey says a possible cause being investigated is the crash of a remote-controlled aircraft.

A popular flying park is nearby, but firefighters will have to find an aircraft to confirm that is what happened.

Planes flown at the park range from cheap convenience-store models to scale models of prop planes, jets and helicopters that can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Some are powered by batteries, others by petroleum-based fuel.


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