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Offbeat California wildfire grows to 86,000 acres with containment at 27 percent

08:50  05 july  2018
08:50  05 july  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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California department of forestry and fire protection, calfire, CAL fire . Wildfire activity remains high over California with major wildfires burning across the State. In the past couple of months a significant amount of acres have burned.

The County fire had spread to 86 , 000 acres and was 27 percent contained as of Wednesday evening, the California Dep. A wildfire burning in California 's Yolo County grew Wednesday as high temperatures and breezy conditions continued to stoke the blaze.

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A wildfire burning in California's Yolo County grew Wednesday as high temperatures and breezy conditions continued to stoke the blaze.

The County fire had spread to 86,000 acres and was 27 percent contained as of Wednesday evening, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. More than 3,400 fire personnel are on hand to fight the blaze, which has moved into Napa County as well.

Crews worked aggressively through Tuesday night to build containment lines around the fire, though steep and inaccessible terrain made it difficult for firefighters on the northern side of the blaze to make progress.

Forecasters say record-breaking heat and gusty winds expected by the weekend will prime California's brush-covered hills and valleys for fast-moving wildfires, but fire officials said Wednesday's cooler weather and higher humidity helped firefighters before temperatures warm up over the weekend.

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The County fire had spread to 86 , 000 acres and was 27 % contained as of Wednesday evening, the A wildfire burning in Yolo County grew Wednesday as high temperatures and breezy conditions Crews worked aggressively through Tuesday night to build containment lines around the fire , though

Thousands of Southern California residents have been evacuated from their homes as firefighters The Rye Fire continues to grow in Santa Clarita, expanding to 500 acres with zero percent containment . One firefighter has sustained injuries, and 27 , 000 people have been evacuated.

"Things are looking more favorable - the fire is kind of behaving itself today," Israel Pinzon, a Cal Fire spokesman, said Wednesday evening. "We'll see what the next few days bring us, and hopefully we can box this fire up."

The fire began Saturday afternoon, and by dusk, it had spread to a few thousand acres in and around Guinda, a rural community about 45 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Authorities lifted some mandatory evacuation orders in Yolo County late Tuesday, including west of Highway 16 between County Road 76 and County Road 81, and west of County Road 89 to the burn area from County Road 23 to Highway 128.

Residents in those areas were advised to be prepared to evacuate again in case conditions worsen.

Around the same time, mandatory evacuation orders were expanded to include the area west of Highway 16 to Berryessa Knoxville Road from Old County Road 40 to County Road 53 in Yolo and Napa counties.

No structures or homes have been destroyed.

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(Times staff writer Ben Poston contributed to this report.)

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