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GUINDA (CBS13) – A hillside fire grew to 550 acres in Guinda Saturday afternoon.
The fire started around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday near Highway 16 and Forest Avenue, about 10 miles north of Cache Creek Casino.
“This fire has been fanned by some strong south winds and, with the high temperatures and dry conditions, this fire has quickly been able to grow,” said Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire.
“We’re really using the aircraft with helicopters and air tankers, doing everything we can to slow down the fire as it moves further and further up into the canyon area,” said Berlant.
More than 1000 firefighters are battling the blaze which is 15 percent contained.
Cal Fire is reporting that there have been four minor injuries.
So far the fire has burned up the Blue Ridge and destroyed multiple commercial vehicles.
With the change in wind direction, homes are threatened by the fire.
Jose Guajardo can easily see the fire from his house, a little too close for comfort.
“I’m just watching it. I mean, there’s not much I can do if it gets any worse,” said Guajardo.
Continue to check back for continued coverage on this developing story.