Update: Sand Fire in Yolo County now 50% contained, stands at 2,220 acres burned

Firefighters have made progress containing the Sand Fire, with Cal Fire saying Monday night the Yolo County wildfire was 50 percent contained.

The fire stood at 2,220 acres burned, Cal Fire said in an update at 7:22 p.m. Monday. The fire was 20 percent contained as of Sunday evening’s update.

“It’s a lot hotter and drier (Monday),” Cal Fire spokesman Bruce Lang said. “The winds have subsided and that gave the firefighters a bit of an edge.”

The Sand Fire ignited about 2:50 p.m. Saturday near the Capay Valley communities of Guinda and Rumsey. It has destroyed seven nonresidential structures, and 1,116 fire personnel remain assigned to the wildfire, according to Cal Fire’s incident report.

An evacuation order for nearly 130 Yolo County residents who live along County Road 41 in Rumsey was scheduled to be lifted at 5 p.m. Monday, according to the Cal Fire website. Residents were told they might be evacuated again, though, if the fire worsens.

All trails and footpaths in the area remained closed, Cal Fire said.

The Sand Fire was one of several fires that started over the weekend amid hot temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds across much of Northern California. The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning due to conditions introducing critical fire risk, and the warning has expired.

Though Sacramento had its hottest day of the year Monday with the temperature peaking around 101 degrees, no red-flag warnings were issued.

The Sand Fire is the largest fire that has burned in California so far in 2019, according to Cal Fire.

No injuries have been reported.

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