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California Wildfire in Sierra Nevada Foothills Burns Near Homes, Vineyards

A wildfire that has already destroyed at least 12 structures is threatening over 500 more in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento, California fire officials said Saturday.

The fire began Friday after a vehicle went into dry vegetation east of Highway 5, five miles north of Plymouth in Amador County, CalFire officials said on their website.

It has grown to 4,000 acres since its start and is 20 percent contained.

The fire, known as the Sand Fire, is burning near vineyards in the region, according to The Associated Press.

More than 500 homeowners were under evacuation orders as a result of the fire, The AP reported.

There will be no change in the weather pattern through early this week, which means it will stay hot and dry with highs in the upper 90s and low humidity, AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Doll said.

"One bit of good news for fire crews is that winds will generally be light and under 15 mph," Doll said.

A separate fire in the Yosemite National Park has consumed at least 2,000 acres and forced the evacuations around Foresta, California, ABC30 in Fresno reported.