Where smoke from Yolo County fire is headed next

04 July, 2018, 02:40 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Smoke from Sugarloaf Fire burning in Grand County drifting into Boulder County

A Californian wildfire that began on the weekend has rapidly spread across 70,000 acres (28,000 hectares), authorities said Tuesday, with a growing number of areas affected by mandatory evacuation orders.

The County Fire, which broke out on Saturday afternoon in rural Yolo County, west of Sacramento, blackened more than 60,000 acres of grass, brush and dense scrub oak.

The smoke reached some 120 km south to San Francisco, leaving films of ash on cars and windows.

Complicating matters, the wildfire raging in Southern Colorado has made repairs to the infrastructure that was destroyed by the fire days ago hard to reach.

San Juan Basin Public Health on Monday issued an air-quality health advisory throughout La Plata County, as well as areas of Hinsdale, Montezuma and San Juan counties.

Only three wildfires in the last 68 years have been larger than the Spring Creek fire.

The blaze, which started at 5:21 p.m. Saturday, had burned 13,700 acres as of 7 a.m. today, fire officials said.

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Evacuations were ordered between County Road 63 to County Road 76, west of Highway 16, plus the Murphy Ranch area.

The fourth spot is held by the Missionary Ridge Fire, which ripped through 71,739 acres, also north of Durango.

"This fire is absolutely, extremely fast-moving", Lauderbale said. As of Monday morning, the fire was 37 percent contained. Fire helicopters made dozens of water drops on the blaze centered in the mountains between Yolo and Napa Counties. But they cautioned that conditions remain risky and said they want to be sure that information is correct before notifying property owners.

Cal Fire said crews worked Monday to build new containment lines and defend structures threatened by the blaze. Firefighters will also work the fire from the air Tuesday.

The fire was expected to remain active and grow in intensity with a warm and dry forecast on Sunday.

The fire, which was human caused, is just five per cent contained, according to InciWeb, a federal government wildfire website.

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