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Placer County’s Robbers Fire Grows to 1950 Acres, Burns First Home

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FORESTHILL (CBS13) – On the fourth day, the Robbers Fire in Placer County has burned its first home reports Cal Fire.

The location of the home is not know at this time.

By Saturday, the fire had spread to 1,950 acres, and has only been 20 percent contained, up from Friday evening’s 10 percent.

The fire still threatens nearly 200 homes near the communities of Iowa Hill and Foresthill.

The Red Cross moved its evacuation center on Friday afternoon from the Veterans Memorial Hall in Forestill to the high school, located at 23319 Foresthill Road. Residents displaced by the fire can go there for food, shelter and counseling services. The larger high school site also has showers available.

With the continued growth of the fire, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the use of five Black Hawk helicopters by the National Guard, which took off from Mather Field Saturday morning.

“These aircrafts are tremendously capable,” said National Guard Major General David Baldwin.

The helicopters can drop 660 gallons of water from one Bambi bucket.

Continue to check back for updates on this ongoing story.

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