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Half-acre fire backs up close to homes

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Cal Fire crews contained a fire near Auburn homes to half-an-acre Monday. The fire started around 2 p.m. Monday and aircraft was initially called in for support for an area on fire off Bell Road and Bill Francis Road in Auburn. At about 2:17 p.m. Cal Fire dispatch said the aircraft was canceled and crews were expected to stay on scene for an hour to put out any remaining flames. ~ Staff report