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600-acre blaze in Stanislaus County 75% contained, officials say

A 600-acre grass fire in Stanislaus County is 75 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Firefighters have stopped the forward progress of the fire, Cal Fire said in a social media post around 8 a.m. Saturday. The blaze is 4 miles southwest of Newman, close to Interstate 5 and Pete Miller Road, according to Cal Fire.

The fire started about 5 p.m. Friday, not long after PG&E announced it planned to preemptively shut off power in certain areas amid Red Flag Warnings for a wide swath of Northern California, from Redding to Los Banos, through Sunday. The warning by the National Weather Service was prompted by forecasts of gusty winds, as well as warm temperatures and low humidity.

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