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Firefighters labored today to contain a wildfire that destroyed at least 80 homes and buildings and left hundreds homeless as it charred some 5,800 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills 40 miles north of Sacramento.

The fire was 50 percent contained late Sunday, the California Department of Forestry said. Full containment was expected by early Tuesday.

About 1,100 firefighters battled the blaze with help from air tankers, helicopters and bulldozers. Lower temperatures and humidity overnight were expected to help crews build a line around the fire, agency spokesman John Ferreira said.

The blaze was sparked Saturday when a motor home's generator shorted, officials said.

Abut 1,000 residents of 300 homes in the rural hamlets of Oregon House and nearby Dobbins were forced to evacuate.

But much of Oregon House was spared as the fire bobbed and weaved with the wind. The town's post office still stood, as did several homes.

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