Spring fire 10% contained

Hugh Fox
July 4, 2018

The largest of several wildfires burning in Northern California has scorched 70,000 acres in Napa and Yolo counties, and late Monday night authorities warned of the potential for additional evacuations due to the County Fire.

California Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement on Monday that more land had burned in California in the first six months of this year than during the same period last year. KOAA has reported that Jorgenson is from Denmark and in the country illegally. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

About 1,226 personnel have been sent to battle the grueling fire, but no structures have been destroyed and there have not been reports of injuries.

Dry conditions and rugged terrain have made the fire challenging to fight.

Forecasters say the threat of wildfires will diminish in the U.S. Southwest this month but increase in the Northwest and along much of the California coast.

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The fire center updates the outlook every month from its headquarters in Boise, Idaho. Most of the evacuations were tied to an 230-square-kilometre wildfire in southern Colorado that led to the arrest of a Danish man on arson charges.

South of Old County Road 40.

ICE has requested that Joergensen be turned over to them should he be released from jail.

Before you go. Devastating fires aren't just a rural problem anymore.

The Mecca fire burning near Highway 26. It has burned about 85 square kilometres since June 10. It was only three per cent contained as of Monday afternoon. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. According to InciWeb, burn-out operations were successful and "The following National Forest System Trails have been temporarily closed:Sierra National Forest Trails No. 26E01 (Mammoth Trail) to the Inyo NF Boundary, 26E14, 26E56, and 26E46 from the Inyo NF boundary". Seven hundred buildings are threatened.

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More than 1,200 people were fighting the so-called County Fire, located about 75 miles (120 kms) northeast of San Francisco.

More firefighters were arriving to battle the blaze that has prompted the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes.

The Aspen Times reported Basalt police officers were going door-to-door in the Aspen Junction neighborhood telling people to evacuate as well.

Austin said fire crews hope to extinguish the blaze by the weekend. The fast-moving fire has scorched 72,500 acres - an area almost the size of Sacramento - since breaking out Saturday southwest of Guinda. Hotter temperatures dry out the atmosphere, lengthen the wildfire season, and allow invasive insects to expand their range, killing trees in their path.

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