Large wildfire burns near Tracy, California |  News

Large wildfire burns near Tracy, California | News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California firefighters, aided by aircraft, battled a wind-driven wildfire burning Saturday in an area between the San Francisco Bay area and central California, authorities said.

Gusty winds have fueled the Corral Fire burning near the city of Tracy, 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of San Francisco, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the city of Livermore, according to the Department of Forestry and Protection California Fire Department, or Cal. Fuego.

The fire grew to 18 square kilometers (7 square miles) in a matter of hours, sending dark plumes of smoke into the sky. It was 40% contained, Cal Fire said.

Interstate 580, which connects the San Francisco Bay Area to San Joaquin County in central California, was closed in both directions from Corral Hollow Road to Interstate 5 due to lack of visibility due to smoke, he said. the California Department of Transportation in a statement.

The San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services issued an evacuation order, noting the wildfire in an area east of Interstate 580. Residents between Corral Hollow Road and Tracy Boulevard were ordered to leave their homes, and Residents south of Tracy Boulevard were told to prepare for evacuation.

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