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A brush fire in Sonoma County near Petaluma is forcing the evacuation of some residents.

According California Highway Patrol, the blaze has destroyed five structures in the largely rural area about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

It had consumed some 40-to-50 acres by 4 p.m. Sunday.

Firefighters are on scene battling the blaze buffeted by 15-to-30 mile-per-hour winds.