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Pawnee Fire now 100 percent contained: Northern California fires update

Watch what it’s like to drive on reopened I-5 as crews fight Klamathon Fire

Travelers on southbound I-5 encounter smoke and burn areas from the Klamathon wildfire at the California-Oregon border on Saturday, July 7, 2018. The highway reopened Friday morning after it was shut down Thursday due to the fire hazard.
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Travelers on southbound I-5 encounter smoke and burn areas from the Klamathon wildfire at the California-Oregon border on Saturday, July 7, 2018. The highway reopened Friday morning after it was shut down Thursday due to the fire hazard.

Temperatures were still hot, winds remained fierce and terrain was making firefighting tricky across much of Northern California on Sunday.

Straddling the California-Oregon border, the Klamathon Fire grew by almost 40 percent overnight. It's the first California wildfire to kill a civilian since last December.

The topography near the County Fire continued to give fire crews trouble, but the largest blaze of the season hadn't grown significantly in a few days. The Pawnee Fire was 100 percent contained as of Sunday evening.

Read on for more up-to-date details on the wildfires scorching Northern California.

Klamathon Fire

Where: Siskiyou County, off Klamathon Road and Copco Road, south of Hornbrook

Size: 35,000 acres, as of 7:23 p.m. Sunday

Containment: 25 percent contained.

What's happened: The vegetation fire has killed one civilian and injured three firefighters.

Cal Fire described the fire's overnight behavior as "moderate" and said nighttime humidity increases assisted their efforts. The majority of the fire was burning in California, but the northern portion of the fire was burning in timber-heavy, steep-sloped areas in Oregon, Cal Fire Siskiyou said in a tweet. As of Sunday morning, the fire was continuing to spread into Klamath National Forest.

In response to the fire, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Siskiyou County on Thursday.

Seventy-two buildings have been destroyed, nine have been damaged, and 810 more were threatened as of Sunday morning, including 600 homes in the communities of Hornbrook, Hilt and Coletin. Also threatened were the water systems for Yreka and Hornbrook.

Prominent structures in peril include the Osburger Cabin Cultural Site, the Verizon communication site on Horn Peak, the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad, Inc. and two power plants at Iron Gate Reservoir and Copco Lake Reservoir. Habitats populated by endangered species are threatened as well.

More than 2,300 personnel were assigned to the fire as of Sunday morning. Also assisting fire control efforts were 176 engines, 12 water tenders and 14 helicopters.

As of Sunday morning, road closures were in place at Ager Road at Klamathon Road, Ager Road at Shelly, Copco Road at Ager Road, Copco Road at Interstate 5, Klamathon Road at I-5, Hilt at I-5, and Ditch Creek Road at I-5.

Travelers on southbound I-5 encounter smoke and burn areas from the Klamathon wildfire at the California-Oregon border on Saturday, July 7, 2018. The highway reopened Friday morning after it was shut down Thursday due to the fire hazard.

Evacuation updates: California residents living in the communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, Colestin and Iron Gate Reservoir received a mandatory evacuation order still in effect Sunday evening. Cal Fire has also issued evacuation orders for areas in the Klamath River Community Estates, parts of the East Iron Gates Estates and portions of the Copco Lake Area.

Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson St. in Yreka has been designated as an evacuation center for residents and small animals. Ashland High School, which was previously used as an evacuation center, closed but will reopen if necessary, Cal Fire said.

Large animals should be taken to Siskiyou County Fairgrounds on 1712 Fairlane Road, also in Yreka.

County Fire

Where: Napa County and Yolo County, east of Lake Berryessa

Size: 90,288 acres, as of 6:59 p.m. Sunday.

Containment: 65 percent.

What's happened: The largest fire of the season has expanded into Napa County. The upper portion of the fire, north of Guinda, was burning in steep, inaccessible terrain, making firefighting efforts more challenging, Cal Fire said.

Although the fire has caused no injures to civilians or firefighters, it has destroyed 15 structures, damaged three and was threatening 96 as of Sunday morning.

More than 2,600 firefighters were assigned to the County Fire as of Sunday morning.

Evacuation updates: Cal Fire had called for mandatory evacuations for areas west of State Highway 16 to Berryessa Knoxville Road, south of Old County Road 40 and north of County Road 53 Sunday morning. Also ordered to evacuate were areas west of State Highway 16 to the Yolo/Lake County line, north of County Road 40 and south of the Yolo County line.

Evacuations were lifted along the eastern shore of Lake Berryessa, east of to the Napa/Yolo county line, north of state Highway 128, and south of the intersection of East Side and Knoxville Berryessa roads. This includes residences served by East Side Road, South of Knoxville Berryessa Road.

Irish Fire

Where: Amador County, off Irish Ridge Road and Carbondale Road, southeast of Plymouth

Size: 790 acres, as of 7:15 p.m. Sunday

Containment: 98 percent

What's happened: Cal Fire spokesman Brice Bennett said no homes were destroyed, but seven outbuildings have been damaged. Bennett expects that the fire will be fully contained Sunday.

"Excellent progress was made over night building containment lines and making the area safe for residents to return to their homes," according to Cal Fire. "Evacuees returning to residences are urged to use caution and yield to public safety vehicles and crews. Fire crews remain in the area mopping up smoldering brush and hot spots."

Evacuation updates: All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Pawnee Fire

Where: Lake County, Pawnee Road and New Long Valley Road, northeast of Clearlake Oaks

Size: 15,185 acres, as of 7:34 p.m. Sunday

Containment: 100 percent, as of 7:34 p.m Sunday

What's happened: Acreage and containment numbers held steady from Saturday night to Sunday morning, with full containment reported Sunday night.

The fire previously destroyed 22 structures, damaged six more and injured a firefighter.

Evacuation updates: As of Sunday morning, all evacuation orders were lifted.

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