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Aug 27, 2013 9:24 PM by Monica Gouty

Quick moving fire overtakes California homes

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A fire sparked on a grassy hillside jumped into trees and then burned several homes in a crowded Northern California neighborhood.

Public Information Officer Gale Spears tells KGO-TV that five houses have burned in the city of Fairfield, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco. The homes were on Marigold Drive near Interstate 80.

Spears says fire crews are protecting threatened structures including homes and a nearby apartment complex.

Several cars in a parking lot along I-80 also went up in flames. However, thick black smoke that briefly shut two lanes of the interstate has dissipated, and the highway is fully open again.

Dozens of Fairfield homes are evacuated.

The local fire agency is getting help from the California Department of Forestry and the Contra Costa County Fire Department.

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

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