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Northern California grass fire burns 2 homes, threatens more

Posted: August 27, 2013 5:13 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2013 5:13 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving grass fire has burned at least two homes and is threatening dozens more in a crowded Northern California neighborhood.

A fire department dispatcher in Fairfield, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, says two houses on Marigold Drive near Interstate 80 are engulfed in flames. Nearby homes are being evacuated.

KGO-TV shows traffic slowing on the freeway as thick black smoke drifts from the burning homes onto the interstate. At least one lane of I-80 near the fire has been closed.

The local fire department is getting help from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire on a grassy hillside was reported at about 3:45 p.m. The cause of the blaze is unknown.

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