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Roadside Truck Fire Sparks Central California Wildfire

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(AP) - A pickup truck that caught fire along a Central California road has sparked a wildfire, burning hundreds of acres and shutting down several campgrounds.

Iveth Hernandez of the U.S. Forest Service said Friday that the fire has burned more than 500 acres of mountain terrain in Madera County near the community of Cedar Valley. The fire is 15 percent contained and no homes are being evacuated.

Cedar Valley is located in the mountains east of Merced, California along Highway 41, a popular route for visitors to Yosemite National Park. The park is not threatened.

Hernandez says the truck pulling a trailer went up in flames Thursday afternoon, spreading to dry brush nearby.

She says 300 firefighters are battling the blaze from the ground and air.