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Valley crews join fight against brush fire

Modesto-area firefighters headed to Santa Clara County on Tuesday to help battle a fast-spreading brush fire in Henry Coe State Park that forced rangers to evacuate hikers and campers. The fire had grown to 10,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The Lick fire -- which began Monday and was fanned by hot, dry winds -- grew despite the efforts of seven air tankers, about 155 fire engines and dozens of other fire crews, said George Hoyt, a public information officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Crews from the Modesto, Ceres, West Stanislaus, Mountain View and Turlock Rural fire departments are helping in the effort. The fire was 20 percent contained Tuesday.

Some private cabins in the park were threatened, but an outbuilding was the only structure destroyed so far, officials said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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