Hundreds of homes imperiled as NorCal fire spreads

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Wind has carried smoke and ash from the explosive County Fire, originating in Guinda, across much of Northern California.

The fire that started Saturday in Yolo County, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) northeast of San Francisco, spread to neighbouring Napa County as strong winds pushed smoke south, dusting cars and homes with a thin layer of grey ash. But that fire, at 14,700 acres, was 75 percent contained on Monday. But in Yolo County, with the Red Flag raised, that might not be the case.

Weather conditions the past weekend allowed for significant progress on the 416 Fire, according to the Monday report, with firefighters finishing burnout operations on the fire's southwestern edge.

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The United States Forest Service reported on Twitter that the fire was putting off a lot of smoke that was visible from the surrounding area.

The fire grew by more than 10,000 acres on Sunday, authorities said.

Tuesday afternoon the Incident Management Team changed their reported size of the fire to 78,941 acres - up from 60,710 earlier today.

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Almost 60 large, active blazes are burning across the West, including nine in New Mexico and six each in Utah and California, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The fire, which began Saturday, crossed into Napa County and was burning west of Highway 16 in rural areas north of Lake Berryessa through oak woodlands and grassy hills. He's got faith in the firefighters, he says.

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Only three wildfires in the last 68 years have been larger than the Spring Creek fire. "I'm not holding out hope". Cal Fire says about 30 structures are threatened, some of them may be homes. They also say two structure task forces from central OR helped tremendously to protect homes while wildland crews focused on fighting the fire. EVACUATION ORDERS, ROAD CLOSURES: Mandatory evacuations:Residences served by Highway 128, between Monticello Dam and Pleasant Valley Road.

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