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Firefighters mop up after Vacaville blaze threatens homes, closes Lagoon Valley Park

Vacaville firefighters are in the final stages of extinguishing a grass fire that threatened a neighborhood there and led to voluntary evacuations Saturday night.

Driven by increasing wind, the fire burned more than 320 acres south of town near Lagoon Valley Park. On its Facebook page, Vacaville Fire Department said that the park is being closed Sunday.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

According to a report by The Associated Press, the fire started around 10 p.m. Saturday. Wind gusts up to 40 mph caused the fire to spread quickly as embers sparked other fires, Vacaville city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.

KCRA-TV reported that about 100 people were evacuated in the town about 40 southwest of Sacramento.

Mazzaferro said about 130 firefighters from several crews and departments battled the fire. The fire was 50 percent contained as of 5:25 a.m. Sunday, he said.

He said it’s too early to know the cause, but noted California’s drought conditions are “a recipe for a big fire.”

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