Multiple wildfires burn out of control in Northern California

Wildfire near Grand Lake forcesĀ evacuations	 	 	 			Source John Williams

A look at the "County Fire" in Yolo County " We knew coming into this weekend that we were going to have very hot and dry weather conditions and we've been under a Red Flag Warning now for most of the weekend", said Cal Fire spokesperson Chris Anthony.

Cal Fire is battling a monster fire in Yolo County which exploded in size overnight. CalFire reported 10 total fire crews, with 41 engines, seven bulldozers and 11 helicopters, were fighting the blaze.

Crews worked to contain a Madison County house fire, successfully saving most of the home, Sunday. It has now moved into Napa County towards Lake Berryessa.

In early July 2017, a 2,000-acre fire swept through an area southwest of Winters, also forcing evacuations and road closures before it could be contained. On Sunday, it reached 32,500 acres and crossed over into Napa County.

The fire is burning beetle kill timber in the Williams Fork area.

Jesper Joergensen, 52, initially said he had started a fire to burn trash but then said he had been grilling in a permanent fire pit the day before the blaze began, according to a court document. Scott McLean, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told the San Francisco Chronicle that windblown embers are making containment more hard.




It was one of two major wildfires in the northern part of the state, where temperatures were soaring, humidity was dropping and winds were steady. But they cautioned that conditions remain risky and said they want to be sure information is correct before notifying property owners.

Warm Springs tribal assistant fire management officer William Wilson said the fire jumped the highway and was moving toward a neighborhood on the reservation where the evacuation notices were issued. The evacuation center is at the Guinda Grange Hall, 16787 Forest Ave.

There are multiple areas with mandatory evacuations around the fire and also numerous evacuation advisories. The agency's Facebook page states, "SR 20 has been closed from the junction of SR 53 in Lake County to SR 16 in Colusa County".

"Due to the erratic wind behaviour, it's heading wherever it wants to head at the moment", McLean said.

This fire has been contained.

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