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Unusual winter wildfire near Kyburz

KYBURZ, Calif. (AP) – An unusual winter wildfire pushed by strong winds is threatening cabins in a Sierra Nevada community that typically is covered with snow this time of year.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says the fire started early Thursday in Kyburz, a community of less than 200 along Highway 50.

Residents are being warned they might have to flee from the heavily forested town, which is about 75 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.

Kyburz, at 4,000 feet elevation, is dry because of a lack of snow throughout the northern Sierra.

Bill Rasch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, says an overnight high-wind advisory was in effect until noon in the Kyburz region, with sustained winds of 25-35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph.

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