County Fire Grows To 70,000 Acres, Evacuations Remain In Effect

Saul Bowman
July 5, 2018

Since the closure of the highway - from Pleasants Valley to Berryessa Knoxville roads - she has had to detour to Wooden Valley Road and back around to get to and from work. It was 5 percent contained.

Autumn Edens marveled as a huge plume blocked the sun while she drove to her job as manager of the Corner Store in Guinda, a town of about 250 people just north of the fire.

Instead, Lewis and his family will spend the holiday nervously waiting to hear if a half-century of family memories go up in smoke because of the fire, which has grown to 47 square miles. "It looks like a movie", she said. "It's. a very sickening feeling watching the fire coming towards the house", the couple wrote in an email Tuesday.

It was one of two major wildfires in the northern part of the state, where temperatures were soaring, humidity was dropping and winds were steady.

Dozens of Solano County residents were issued an advisory evacuation order on Sunday due to the fire that, as of 3:10 p.m. on Monday, had scorched about 44.500 acres in Yolo and Napa counties.

The haze settling on areas to the south and west and rattled nerves near wine country communities that were devastated by deadly wildfires late past year.

At least 2,500 people have been told to evacuate as the sprawling blaze continues to spread, said Anthony Brown, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"There's a lot of history and memories that go into this cabin", said Lewis, 44, of Magna, Utah.

A dusting of ash fell as far away as San Francisco, where tourists snapped pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge enveloped in an orange shroud of fog and smoke.

The new Alert Solano system is being tested for the first time, and Ryan said the county received more than 300 acknowledgements that residents who had signed up received the alert.

"We're out here in the middle of nowhere, there's no cell service, nothing, it's just a fact of life out here", he said philosophically. "It's a little scary".

"Conditions are unpleasant for them and it's risky for the firefighters, who are working on the roadway, when people try to go", said CalFire information officer David Clark.

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