Wildfire In Yolo County Expands To 70,000 Acres, More Evacuations Expected

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No homes have burned but the blaze is surging through sparsely populated areas of Yolo and Napa counties about 50 miles from the state capitol of Sacramento. Containment of the wildfire improved slightly, from 3 to 5 percent.

Fire managers said in Tuesday night's update that Monday night's cooler weather helped firefighters finish containment lines despite the strong, gusty winds. Cal Fire said that 980 structures are being threatened but no structures have been destroyed or damaged. Evacuation orders are still in place for the community of Double Eagle. The blaze has burned 89 square miles (230 square kilometers) and forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes since last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, officials have issued evacuation advisories for the Berryessa Highlands, Markley Cove Resort and Pleasure Cove resort.

Wilson said the mill fire has been burning since previous year in areas of sawdust and bark where firefighters typically don't go because of associated hazards.

"Usually fire season is maybe late August, September, October", state Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) told The Los Angeles Times.

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The largest blaze, the Spring Fire in southern Colorado, has burned almost 57,000 acres, destroyed an unknown number of structures, and has forced the evacuations of hundreds of residents, fire officials said.

Anthony said the rapid spread of the fire is partly due to the large amount of grasses that grew as a result of spring rains in the region, and have since dried out. On Monday, firefighters were working to control a wildfire in Yolo County that had grown to 44,500 acres overnight.

In Utah, authorities have evacuated 200 to 300 homes because of a growing wildfire near a popular fishing reservoir southeast of Salt Lake City amid hot temperatures and high winds. PREVIOUSLY: Caltrans is reporting that sections of Highway 20 will remain closed between State Route 53 and State Route 16, at least until 8 a.m. on Monday.

The fire was first reported around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The fire is being battled by 1,226 personnel, including 119 fire engines, 27 hand crews, 12 helicopters, 23 dozers, and 34 water tenders.

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