December 15, 2018

Out-Of-Control County Fire Grows To 44,500 Acres

03 July 2018, 11:18 | Darnell Patrick

Sugarloaf Fire

Sugarloaf Fire

The fire crossed over the Yolo county line and into Napa County, the site of devastating fires in late 2017, and sent smoke across the region.

According to the National Weather Service, smoke from the County Fire - formerly the Guinda Fire - spread west into Petaluma, and south into Oakland, San Francisco and down the Peninsula as far as Redwood City.

An update issued by Cal Fire shortly after 5:15 p.m. Saturday reported mandatory evacuations with 38 engines, 10 fire crews, 12 helicopters, seven bulldozers and eight water tenders already committed to the fire.

A burning pasture in California. "We're seeing fire behavior we normally wouldn't see until September or October".

Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection said the job of hand crews and bulldozer operators trying to cut containment lines was made more hard by high winds, which were blowing embers and starting new spot fires.

"It's going to be headed into some populated areas of small communities in the near future if it is not curtailed", Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said in an interview.

The fire grew overnight to 44,500 acres from 32,000 acres - more than the landmass size of San Francisco.

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In Colorado, more than 2,500 homes were under evacuation orders as firefighters battle more than a half-dozen wildfires.

Most of the evacuations in effect Monday were due to a 78-square-mile (202-square-kilometer) wildfire in southern Colorado that authorities believe was human-caused.

Cal Fire says 8,000 acres have been burned in Yolo County as the result of a wildland fire that began a little after 2 p.m. on Saturday.

A firefighter attacks a hot spot.

The arrest affidavit says about 25 buildings had been destroyed as of Thursday, when he was arrested.

It is not clear if he has a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. The homes that are threatened about 80 miles (129 kilometres) southeast of Salt Lake City are not primary residences. It has burned about 33 square miles (85 square kilometres) since June 10. By Sunday afternoon, that had been reduced to 1,064 firefighters as crews had the fire 73 percent contained.

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