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Sonoma County Grass Fire Burns 40 Acres, Closes Highway

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Schellville Fire

A grass fire Sunday afternoon destroyed 3 structures in unincorporated Sonoma County (CBS)

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SONOMA (CBS SF) — Six structures were destroyed in a 40-acre fire south of the city of Sonoma Sunday afternoon, according to a California Highway patrol official.

The fire, first reported on the right-hand shoulder of state Highway 121 in the Schellville area around 1:30 p.m., was around 60 percent contained as of shortly after 5 p.m., CHP spokesperson Anna Paulson said.

Sparks were seen coming from a tow truck using a tow dolly in the area around that time, but it was unclear what caused the sparks, Paulson said.

The fire damaged around 40 acres, 10 recreational vehicles and factory equipment, as well as six buildings, Paulson said.

One home close to Highway 121 at Fremont Road was evacuated.

Road closures include Highway 121 at state Highway 116 and at Eighth Street East, Watmaugh Road and Broadway and Napa Road at Eighth Street East.

Sunday afternoon motorists were advised to avoid the area.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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