Wildfire forces evacuations near Warm Springs; U.S. 26 reopened


Mandatory evacuations are in place in Yolo and Napa counties for all areas north of Highway 128, south of County Road 23, east of Berryessa Knoxville Road, and west of County Road 89, according to Cal Fire.

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

The Thomas fire, in the Santa Barbara area in December, killed two people, destroyed more than 1,000 buildings - including multimillion-dollar homes - and torched some 259,000 acres.

Our VERY UNOFFICIAL estimate based on satellite data indicates that at 3 a.m. Monday it had burned approximately 42,000 acres - roughly 1,100 acres an hour since it was reported at 2:12 p.m. June 30.

According to Cal Fire's latest numbers Tuesday morning, the fire has burned 70,000 acres.

Highway 160 remains closed and officials said they could not estimate when it will reopen or when the evacuation orders will end. CalFire says the fire is about 73% contained.

Multiple agencies are battling a fire in Warm Springs that began burning Monday.

"It's frustrating", Chad Frazier, the owner of Berryessa Watersports at the Markley Cove Resort, told KGO-TV.

The smoke and ash from the flames turned the skies orange and prompted the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management to issue an air quality alert on Sunday, urging the elderly, children and people with heart conditions to avoid physical activity. Evacuation notices and road closures continue to grow as the fire covers more ground.

The blaze, labeled the Spring Fire, is one of six large wildfires burning in Colorado and is the largest at 123 square miles about five times the size of Manhattan.

It may soon be more hard for fire victims in California to sue utilities for damages caused by wildfires. If you take a stroll along Highway 128 in Yolo County you'll encounter smoke.

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.