320-Acre Wildfire Threatens CA Homes

320-Acre Wildfire Threatens CA Homes

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A wildfire that has burned more than 320 acres is threatening homes in a Northern California city.

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 reports (http://apne.ws/…) that about 100 people have been evacuated. Vacaville is between San Francisco and Sacramento.

The winds are "making it difficult for our crews out there," he said.

Mazzaferro said several homes are threatened, but evacuations are voluntary. No structures have burned.

Mazzaferro said about 130 firefighters from several crews are battling 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.

California is in the midst of a four-year drought.

"It's bone dry out there," Mazzaferro said. "Talk about a recipe for a big fire."