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Northern California wildfire jumps line, forces evacuations


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities have ordered more than 200 people from their homes in Northern California after a wildfire driven by strong wind jumped a containment line.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said the fire in Solano County an hour east of Napa Valley wine country flared up Tuesday afternoon, quickly burning through 150 acres. The fire has charred more than 10 square miles since it started nearly one week ago.

A large plume of smoke could be seen for several miles.

Berlant blames rising temperatures and winds for the flare-up.

He says firefighters have dug a secondary containment line in the rugged terrain that should keep the flames from spreading.

A large DC-10 Airtanker has been called in to attack from the sky.

Christine Castillo of the Solano County Sheriff's Office says deputies have ordered 136 homes evacuated, displacing 200 people.

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