Oct 10, 2014 11:06 AM by News Staff
APPLEGATE, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews are making steady progress against a wildfire burning near a Northern California interstate that has destroyed six homes and is threatening hundreds more.
State fire officials say the blaze along Interstate 80 about 40 miles northeast of Sacramento was holding steady at 420 acres on Friday while containment increased to 30 percent.
Steep terrain has limited the ground access to the blaze. Crews are dropping flame retardant from helicopters and other aircraft.
The fire is threatening 1,000 structures around the Placer County community of Applegate. Many of the homes are under mandatory evacuation orders.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation, though authorities say they received reports of several car tires burning along the eastbound shoulder of the interstate as the blaze got underway Wednesday.
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