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Huge California wildfire grows more slowly

September 19, 2014

PLACERVILLE, California (AP) — A wildfire that has driven some 2,800 people from their homes in California is growing but not as substantially as in previous days.

Fire officials say the blaze about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Sacramento had burned through 119 square miles (308 square kilometers) as of Friday morning, up about 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) from the previous day. It remains 10 percent contained.

The wind-whipped blaze more than doubled in size on Thursday, when it grew to 114 square miles (295 square kilometers). It is threatening 12,000 homes around the community of Pollock Pines, though there are no reports of any damage.

Authorities have accused a man of deliberately starting the blaze. Thirty-seven-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman was scheduled to be arraigned in Friday afternoon on an arson charge.

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