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Wildfire grows in Calaveras County countryside

June 17, 2020 GMT

ANGELS CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Calaveras County has grown to nearly 2 square miles (5 square kilometers) acres, Cal Fire said Wednesday.

Hundreds of firefighters responded after the fire erupted Tuesday in countryside near New Hogan Lake, and overnight gained 10% containment.

Cal Fire urged people to stay out of the area in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Sacramento.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for critical fire weather conditions in the Sacramento Valley, the northern San Joaquin Valley and the Delta region.

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Forecasters said building high pressure will bring gusty north to easterly winds through Thursday afternoon, and humidity levels will be low.

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