Hwy 20 Still Closed After Pawnee Fire Acts Up; New County Fire in Yolo Grows 16,500 Acres Overnight
High temperatures, dry conditions, and wind fueled two fires in Lake and Yolo County last night.The Pawnee Fire, which had started June 23, had almost reached 75% containment when yesterday it burst from the mountains where firefighters had been trying to corral it and galloped down towards State Route 20 closing the road and forcing new evacuations.
Today, Cal Fire reports it has grown to 14,150 acres and new evacuations are in place. (See here for more details.)
“An immediate threat exists to the community of Double Eagle and major fiber optic lines serving Ukiah and Cortina as well as associated powerline [infrastructure],” reports the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center. “Evacuations are currently in progress for the community of Double Eagle. There is an evacuation advisory for the areas South of Highway 20.”
A Red Flag warning is in place through this weekend, meaning that conditions are ideal for wildfire spread.
Gusty winds from the north are expected this morning but might switch to the southwest later today. Temperatures should be in the high nineties today but there will be slightly higher humidity. Monday should be cooler though.
Over 2200 personnel are on scene in an attempt to stop its spread.
The Red Flag warning is also in place for the relatively nearby County Fire which blew up yesterday afternoon in Yolo County by Hwy 16. The explosive fire blasted through approximately 16,500 acres after it was reported at 2:12 p.m. It also has evacuations and road closures. (See here for more details.)
“Dangerous rate of spread and long range spotting observed,” reports the Northern California Geographic Coordination Center. “Structures are threatened with mandatory evacuation orders in effect west of Hwy 16, between County Rd 63-78.”
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