Sand Fire grows slightly in Yolo County, now 70% contained, Cal Fire says

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The wildfire burning in Yolo County grew about 300 acres between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, Cal Fire said in an update just before 9 a.m.

The Sand Fire has now burned 2,512 acres and is 70 percent contained, Cal Fire said in an updated incident report. The acreage had been reported at 2,220 acres all day Monday, having stayed at that size since Sunday evening’s report.

Repopulation continues in areas that had been evacuated by the Sand Fire over the weekend. The wildfire started 2:50 p.m. Saturday, near the communities of Guinda and Rumsey in the Capay Valley.

Evacuation orders were lifted for the Sand Fire at 5 p.m. Monday, with Highway 16 remaining closed between Rumsey and Highway 20, according to Cal Fire.

More than 1,100 fire personnel, as well as responders with California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office and other local fire agencies, remained assigned to the fire as of Tuesday morning, according to the latest incident report by Cal Fire.

No injuries have been reported.

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