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Wildfire south of Ione at 70 percent containment; evacuations lifted

A wildfire is burning in the area of North Comanche Parkway and Coal Mine Road south of Ione in Amador County.
A wildfire is burning in the area of North Comanche Parkway and Coal Mine Road south of Ione in Amador County.

Evacuations were lifted Saturday morning from a wildfire that burned about 200 acres south of Ione in Amador County. The fire has been 70 percent contained, Cal Fire said.

What has been dubbed the Camanche Fire was reported at 2:54 p.m. Friday in the area of North Camanche Parkway and Coal Mine Road. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the China Gulch area, with voluntary evacuations in the Buena Vista area, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Coal Mine Road is closed to traffic.

The fire was burning is grass and brush, according to Cal Fire. Gusty winds presented a challenge to firefighters, reported Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire spokesman.

Thirty engine and truck companies weree on scene, along with eight water tenders, eight fire crews, four helicopters, six bulldozers and five air tankers. About 175 fire crews were engaged.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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