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Wildfire Burns Hundreds Of Acres In Altamont Pass Area

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A wildfire burns in the Altamont Pass area west of Tracy on July 14, 2011. (CBS)

A wildfire burns in the Altamont Pass area west of Tracy on July 14, 2011. (CBS)

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TRACY (CBS SF) — Firefighters have contained a large grass fire that burned close to Interstate 580 in the Altamont Pass area near Tracy on Thursday afternoon, a Cal Fire captain said.

The fire charred more than 400 acres just west of Grant Line Road.

It was first reported around 1:15 p.m., Cal Fire Capt. Tim Main said.

Large amounts of smoke from the blaze could be seen in the nearby sky from Interstate 580.

A total of 12 fire engines, four bulldozers and eight aircraft were being used to battle the blaze.

The fire was contained around 3:30 p.m. The 30 mph winds made the blaze difficult to control, he said.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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