California fires north and south bring evacuations

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Smoke from the Rim Fire glows orange while a hillside smolders in a canyon of the South Fork in Tuolumne County, California in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday, August 24, 2013. (Elias Funez/Modesto Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
A chimney stands amid the remains of a burnt structure near Oakhurst, Calif., on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. A wildfire that forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park held steady Tuesday as humidity and calmer winds aided the fight against the second blaze around the park in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)
A burnt fire hose and the remains of a Suburban Propane office building are seen shown in Oakhurst, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. A wildfire that forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park held steady Tuesday as humidity and calmer winds aided the fight against the second blaze around the park in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2013 file photo, firefighter A.J. Tevis watches the flames of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif. Keith Matthew Emerald was charged Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 with starting the state's third-largest wildfire, a 2013 blaze that charred hundreds of square miles of land in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)
In this Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, photo, provided by Rachael Kirk, climbers wait to be evacuated from the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, Calif. A wildfire burning for weeks in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park grew unexpectedly, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park visitors. Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said some of the evacuees Sunday included hikers who had climbed the park's iconic Half Dome peak, rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley. Others had to be airlifted from campgrounds and hiking trails in the area. (AP Photo/Rachael Kirk)
Smoke from wildfires color the early morning sky at sunrise, Tuesday, Sepy. 9, 2014, at Yosemite National Park, Calif., in this view towards the Yosemite Valley from the western edge of the park. Fire officials have called in additional crews to help battle a blaze in the park that forced hikers to be evacuated and is now sending smoke into the park's famed valley. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)
In this photo provided by Yosemite National Park, smoke from a fire rises above Little Yosemite Valley near Yosemite National Park, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. About 100 Yosemite National Park visitors were evacuated by helicopter Sunday when a wildfire that started weeks ago in the park's backcountry grew unexpectedly to at least 700 acres, officials said. (AP Photo/Yosemite National Park)
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GRASS VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire in Northern California destroyed two homes while a much larger blaze proved stubborn amid high temperatures and dry brush in Southern California.

Dozens of homes were evacuated because of the fires Saturday, officials said.

The Northern California blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno and grew to 250 acres, destroying two homes and three outbuildings, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

By evening all evacuations were called off and the fire was 20 percent contained, Berlant said.

The burned homes were in Alta Sierra, a community of some 6,000 people about five miles south of Grass Valley.

In Southern California, firefighters coping with high temps sought to contain a wildfire that forced people to flee about 30 homes near the Cleveland National Forest.

The fire, which burned through about 2 ½ square miles of dry canyon brush, was only about 10 percent contained, said Deanne Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Emergency Operations Center.

Both heat and smoke advisories were in effect for the area, with temperatures forecast to reach as high as 105 degrees between Sunday and Tuesday.

More than 700 firefighters, aided by six helicopters and five planes, were battling the blaze.

"The fire is making a couple of uphill runs," Orange County fire Capt. Mike Petro said Saturday.

The flames sent up a towering column of smoke that could be seen for miles.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

About 90 to 100 homes in the area were without power Saturday, and Thompson said authorities had opened several cooling centers for people needed to escape the heat.

The Cleveland National Forest sprawls over the rugged peaks of the Santa Ana Mountains, straddling the Orange and Riverside county line southeast of Los Angeles.

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