Update: Rocky fire 70 percent contained; all evacuations lifted

All evacuations have been lifted for those threatened by the tenacious Rocky fire, which was 70 percent contained Saturday evening after blazing through nearly 70,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Evacuations were lifted Saturday in the Double Eagle and Morgan Valley areas. Highways 20 and 16 reopened Friday morning, according to the California Department of Transportation.

The fire has threatened 6,529 structures across Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties since July 29, destroying 43 residences, 53 outbuildings and eight other structures.

Cal Fire spokesman Mike Yeun said that most of the 2,913 personnel battling the flames are still working 24-hour shifts and remain motivated to reach full containment by Thursday.

“It’s not as hot and dry as the previous several days, so that’s a good sign for the firefighters that are still working on containing this,” Yeun said. “It shows that there may be a warming trend coming in, but the firefighters are out there and they are doing a good job.”

The fire’s cause was under investigation.

Ashiah Scharaga: 916-321-1673, @AshiahD

Rocky Fire statistics

Acres burned: 69,636

Structures threatened: 6,529

Fire personnel: 2,913

Fire engines: 187

Helicopters: 11

Cooperating agencies: 22

Bulldozers: 16

Source: Cal Fire

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