California Fire Forces Evacuations

Wind-driven flames from a fast-moving brush fire forced the evacuation of campers in southern Sacramento County Tuesday night.


RIO VISTA, Calif. -- Wind-driven flames from a fast-moving brush fire forced the evacuation of campers in southern Sacramento County Tuesday night.

The fire broke out about 9 p.m. at Brannan Island State Park near Rio Vista.

Fire officials said high winds quickly spread the flames to more than half the park.

"It started from a vehicle fire on Highway 160. The wind took it ... and there was just no way of catching it," Rio Vista Fire Chief Keith Tabewald said.

Crews were able to contain the fire within two hours, but not before it charred almost 100 acres.

Officials said about 25 campers were in the park when the fire started and were evacuated to a nearby shelter.

No homes were threatened.

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