[UPDATE: 20 Reopens] Pawnee Fire Blocks Hwy 20; County Fire Explodes to 44,500 acres
The Pawnee Fire in Lake County has slowed its advance but it spotted over Hwy 20 to the south keeping that major east-west route shut down. It is closed between SR 53 and SR 16 at this time. It is now 14,700 acres and 75% contained. The Double Eagle subdivision is under mandatory evacuation. 50 structures are threatened. [See here for more evacuation and road closure information.]
Temperatures should be dropping and humidity rising which could help with firefighting. But the weather will still be hot and dry.
The County Fire has rolled over 44,500 acres in the day and a half it has been burning. It is only 3% contained. Furthermore, firefighters are expecting “dangerous to critical rates of spread” with shifting winds and long-range spotting.
There are multiple areas with mandatory evacuations around the fire and also numerous evacuation advisories. [See here for more evacuation and road closure information.]
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UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: Hwy 20 Reopens!