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Sep 8, 2012 11:13 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Northern Calif. fire grows to 28 square miles

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State fire officials say a massive wildfire in Northern California has grown to 28 square miles.

The Sixteen Complex fire is being managed as one blaze even though it is actually two separate fires burning within a few miles of each other in Colusa and Yolo counties. It had consumed 26 square miles in total but grew to nearly 18,000 acres - or just over 28 square miles - by Saturday.

CalFire officials say the fire was 71 percent contained and no structures have been damaged or destroyed.

Residents of nearby Cortina Indian Rancheria had been under an evacuation advisory but officials allowed them to return home Saturday afternoon.

The fires broke out Tuesday. Their cause remains under investigation.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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