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Camanche Fire in Amador County 85 percent contained

The Camanche fire near Ione was about 70 percent contained as of Saturday morning, June 18, 2016, Cal Fire reported.
The Camanche fire near Ione was about 70 percent contained as of Saturday morning, June 18, 2016, Cal Fire reported.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Camanche Fire near Ione in Amador County was 85 percent contained and evacuations prompted by the blaze were lifted, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Fire crews in the Ione area are monitoring the blaze that grew from 40 acres to 210 in a matter of hours Friday afternoon, forcing evacuations and damaging structures.

Cause of the fire, which broke out at 2:49 p.m. Friday on the north side of the Camanche Reservoir off Camanche Parkway, remains under investigation, said Lynne Tolmachoff, Cal Fire spokeswoman. Full containment is expected by Sunday afternoon, according to Cal Fire. Crews will stay in the area until it is entirely controlled.

About a dozen homes were evacuated in the China Gulch area, and residents were let back into their homes about 9 p.m. Friday, Tolmachoff said. There were also voluntary evacuations for Buena Vista. The fire damaged a few outdoor storage structures.

Though the blaze started small, a large gust and continuing winds helped the fire spread, Tolmachoff said. About 175 firefighters were deployed.

Sammy Caiola: 916-321-1636, @SammyCaiola

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