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UPDATE: Fire in Tahoe National Forest smaller than initially thought

Large plumes of smoke fill the air above Northern California at Emigrant Gap west of Truckee where the North Fire began Monday afternoon. Reportedly moving at a rapid rate of spread. VLAT's (very large air tankers) are on order.

Updated mapping conducted overnight has shown a fire burning in the Tahoe National Forest is about 150 acres smaller than previously thought.

According to a Tuesday morning update from the Tahoe National Forest, the North Fire currently stands at 500 acres.

Containment is at 10 percent.

UPDATE: Fire in Tahoe National Forest grows to 650 acres

The North Fire burning in Tahoe National Forest is now at 650 acres, according to an update posted late Monday night.

The updated did not include an information on possible containment.

ORIGINAL POST: Fire in Tahoe National Forest forces evacuations

By Associated Press

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EMIGRANT GAP, Calif. — Authorities say homes and campgrounds are being evacuated because of a rapidly-growing wildfire in Northern California.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department says the wildfire is spreading quickly in the Tahoe National Forest near Emigrant Gap, which is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Sacramento.

Cal Fire officials tell the Sacramento Bee that they had dispatched air tankers, a helicopter and strike crews to assist the U.S. Forest Service’s fire management team.

The helicopter is searching for a person believed to have been left behind near the origin of the so-called North Fire.

The wildfire is less than 1 square mile but was spreading quickly.

Winds have played a role in whipping up wildfires, but the National Weather Service expects winds to remain light in the region.