Sacto 9-1-1
September 27, 2011
Wildfire near Ruth 80 percent contained

The wildfire near Ruth, Calif., that started around noon Friday was 80 percent contained as of midday today according to the National Forest Service.

The fire spanned 1,515 acres over Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, requiring 717 fire personnel to address the incident. The cause of the fire, which started in low grass and brush, is still under investigation.

An evacuation order required Ruth residents to leave their homes until the order was lifted 9 a.m. Monday, but County Roads 501 and 504 are still closed, and an emergency forest closure is still in effect at the South Fork Mountain area.

The fire spread slowly because of the recent rainfall. The National Forest Service expects the fire to be fully contained by noon Wednesday.

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