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Jul 25, 2014 10:53 PM by Associated Press

Wildfire forces evacuation of rural Calif. homes

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has prompted the evacuation of homes along a rural road east of Sacramento.

CalFire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said the fire broke out Friday afternoon in a riverbed along the Amador and El Dorado county line, north of the town of Plymouth.

She said the fire crossed the river into more rugged terrain, hampering firefighters' efforts to corral the blaze. It has grown to about 600 acres.

Dry, thick brush and oak trees fueled the blaze, which sent a huge plume of smoke across the region.

Tolmachoff said an unknown number of homes on Sand Ridge Road off Highway 49 were evacuated.

The fire is about 45 miles east of Sacramento.

Tolmachoff said investigators were trying to determine whether a burned car ignited the fire.

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