Cooler, wetter weather helped crews make inroads Monday against a massive wildfire north of San Francisco that tore through two dozen homes, threatened thousands more and forced 12,000 people to flee the flames.
Cal Fire was using their ‘heli-torch’ to light backfires in terrain so rugged it couldn’t be reached by foot to keep the Rocky Fire from burning a roadway as the blaze burned in three Northern Bay Area counties.
Cal Fire says the fast-moving Rocky Fire had charred 71 square miles by Sunday morning and was only 5 percent contained.
Firefighters have stopped the fire’s forward progress, and are now focusing on mop up and tactical patrol operations in an effort to reach full containment.
The fast-spreading Rocky Fire in Lake County grew to more than 18,000 acres on Friday, prompting authorities to warn residents of the eastside of Clearlake and Lower Lake that they could be evacuated.
The Wragg Fire in Wildhorse Canyon near Napa Valley has now charred more than 11 square miles after it jumped a containment line in rugged, steeped terrain that was baking in triple digit temperatures.
Campgrounds were evacuated near a Central California wildfire that has chewed through more than 2 square miles of dry timber in Sierra National Forest, one of several blazes burning across the state on Monday.
The Lowell fire has burned 4,000 acres of brush and is threatening dozens of buildings in the Sierra foothills.
A brush fire that started in the Lake Berryessa area of Napa County has burned 6,900 acres and is about 60 percent contained, according to information released by Cal Fire Sunday morning.
What started out as a shortcut turned into a four day ordeal for a woman who was nine months pregnant and eventually gave birth while lost in the Plumas National Forest.