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County Fire continues to grow, now at least 60,000 acres

Firefighters continue to battle growing County Fire

The County Fire in Northern California continued to gain ground Monday, July 2, 2018, reaching 60,000 acres with 5 percent containment by 6:54 p.m., up from a reported 44,500 acres that morning, according to Cal Fire.
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The County Fire in Northern California continued to gain ground Monday, July 2, 2018, reaching 60,000 acres with 5 percent containment by 6:54 p.m., up from a reported 44,500 acres that morning, according to Cal Fire.

The County Fire in Northern California continues to gain ground, having grown to 60,000 acres by 6:54 p.m. Monday, up from a reported size of 44,500 acres Monday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The rapidly growing blaze is 5 percent contained, Cal Fire said. The fire started about 2:12 p.m. Saturday in the unincorporated area of Guinda in Yolo County. It has since crossed into Napa County, according to preliminary efforts to map the fire, and road closures have taken effect in spots along the Napa/Lake county line.

More than 2,000 fire personnel have worked to establish control lines, Cal Fire reported.

"The County Fire continued to burn actively throughout the day," Cal Fire reported. "The potential for growth remains high as crews battle the fire in difficult terrain. Firefighters continued to work through the day to construct new containment lines and defend structures impacted by the fire."

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for areas north of Highway 128 in Yolo County, south of County Road 23, east of Berryessa Knoxville Road, west of County Road 89 and south of the community of Esparto. However, agricultural equipment will be permitted, and for residential areas served by Highway 128 between Monticello Dam and Pleasant Valley Road, as of Monday evening. Evacuations exclude the city of Winters.

At least 116 structures are threatened, according to Cal Fire. Responders won't have an accurate picture of the number of structures damaged or destroyed for a few days, Cal Fire Officer Scott McLean said.

An evacuation center has been set up at the Boy Scout Cabin in Esparto, 17020 Yolo Ave. Previous evacuation centers at Guinda Grange Hall and in Winters have now closed.

Road closures have been issued for northbound County Road 87 from 128, Berryessa Knoxville Road from the Pope Creek Bridge to the Napa/Lake County Line, Eastbound Highway 128 at Markley Resort, and westbound Highway 128 at Pleasant Valley Road.

Evacuation warnings are in effect for north of Quail Canyon Road, south of Highway 128, east of the Blue Ridge mountains and

west of Pleasant Valley Road.

Up to date evacuations, advisories and road closures can be found here.

Hot and windy conditions that helped the County Fire spread also contributed to growth in the Pawnee Fire in Lake County over the weekend, which broke containment lines Saturday. It had grown to 14,700 acres with 75 percent containment as of Monday morning.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Double Eagle subdivision, as the Pawnee Fire threatens about 50 structures in the area.

The Yolo County city of Winters announced it has canceled its fireworks show Tuesday.

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