County Fire: 60000 acres, 5% contained


Hot winds fueling a massive wildfire that prompted evacuations in rural Northern California have pushed the flames into a neighboring county. The wildfire remains at 15 percent contained. Officials said they would remain on the fire overnight, also patrolling along Highway 26 and in the Greeley Heights subdivision.

Pre-evacuation notices have been issued for those on Big Pinion Drive, Little Pinion Drive and any home between Aspen Junction and Big Pinion along the north side of Highway 82, Carbondale Fire said.

There are mandatory evacuations in some areas, and fire officials say they expect to be battling this blaze for the next several days before they reach containment. That blaze has burned 15,000 acres and destroyed 22 structures.

However, any lingering smoke from the fires could be pushed out of the region by some westerly winds on Monday, according to Anna Schneider of the National Weather Service in Monterey. Portions had been on a level 3 evacuation order (Go Now) after the fire broke out and the rest at Level 2 (Get Set) alert. Ten engines, two crews and three water tenders will stay on the fire for continued mop-up and patrol.

The fire was first reported around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Small pets were welcome at the evacuation center.

The largest blaze, the Spring Fire in southern Colorado, has burned almost 57,000 acres, destroyed an unknown number of structures, and has forced the evacuations of hundreds of residents, fire officials said.

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco disappeared under a cloud of smoke, and the skies above the city had an eerie golden glow from out-of-control fires spreading across California. Smoke and ash are contributing to poor air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area and California wine country.

State fire crews are also still battling the Pawnee Fire in Lake County, which was 80 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

The fast-moving blaze, which has not caused deaths or injuries, erupted last Saturday west of the capital, Sacramento, and quickly spread southward.