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Winters Fire evacuations lifted as crews battle wind, steep terrain

Winters Fire blackens hills

Footage provided by the Winters Police Department shows the scene of Thursday's Winters Fire.
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Footage provided by the Winters Police Department shows the scene of Thursday's Winters Fire.

Mandotory evacuations were lifted Friday afternoon in areas that had been threatened by a wildfire burning in the rolling hills and grasslands along Highway 128 southerwest of Winters and east of Lake Berryessa.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that the mandatory evacuations for Positas Road and Golden Bear Estates were lifted at 2 p.m. As of 6:45 p.m., the fire was reported 54 percent continaed with 1,932 acres burned.

Firefighters made good progress Friday afternoon, although erratic winds, temperatures over 100 degrees and steep terrain posed challenges, according to CalFire’s incident webpage. Additional firefighters and equipment from across the state were reported arriving throughout the day.

The wildland blaze began about 12:45 p.m. Thursday in the area of Pleasant View Road, three miles southwest of the town of Winters, according to Cal Fire. It had grown to 1,800 acre by Friday morning, but so had containment after an air assault of water dropped by helicopters and airplane drops of fire retardant

Approximately 580 firefighters from agencies throughout the region were on scene Friday afternoon, along with 50 engines, eight air tankers, seven helicopters, 10 water tenders and 16 bulldozers.

Highway 128 remains closed from Pleasants Valley Road southwest of Winters to Lake Berryessa Dam, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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