Multiple crews work to contain Madison Co. house fire

Smoke from Sugarloaf Fire burning in Grand County drifting into Boulder County

Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled the rapidly spreading County Fire that scorched thousands of acres in Yolo County and reached parts of Napa County, while other crews dealt with flare-ups of the week-old Pawnee Fire in Lake County.

Officials say about 300 people have been ordered to flee and more than 700 buildings are threatened in the area that's home to cattle and horse ranches.

"The potential for growth remains high as crews battle the fire in hard terrain", Cal Fire said in an advisory.

And then there's California, where the "County fire" began on Saturday near Sacramento and quickly spread out of control, threatening hundreds of homes and growing at a rate of 1,000 football fields an hour.

In an evening update, Cal Fire said the County Fire was 15 percent contained, up from 3 percent the day before. Last fall, more than a dozen wildfires swept through wine country, killing 44 people and destroying almost 9,000 structures.

Cal Fire officials urged residents of these communities to be prepared to leave if an evacuation order is issued.

Cal Fire Captain Jordan Matta said on Twitter that crews will focus on the north and south perimeter "as this has been the primary spread of the fire". 22 structures have been destroyed by the fire.




"Due to the erratic wind behavior it's heading wherever it wants to head at the moment", McLean said, adding that about 116 structures faced an imminent threat as of Monday morning.

"You can see the smoke and you can see an orange-red glow from the flames".

Wildfires across California have burned more than twice the five-year average so far this year, as of July 1. It moved quickly southward through Yolo County. Small pets were welcome at the evacuation center.

The area's hard terrain is making it hard for crews to build containment lines to prevent the fire from spreading, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Warm Springs tribal assistant fire management officer William Wilson said the fire jumped the highway and was moving toward a neighborhood on the reservation where the evacuation notices were issued.

Joergensen, who reported the wildfire about 205 miles (330 kilometers) southwest of Denver, said he woke up Wednesday from a nap, smelled smoke and saw a fire burning in sage brush about 20 feet (6 meters) away from the fire pit.

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