Cold Fire Burns 4,600 Acres in Roughly 24 Hours

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YOLO COUNTY-- Cal Fire says the Cold Fire burning West of Winters grew to 4,600 acres with 10 percent containment.

Flames, smoke and hundreds of firefighters forced a family's camping trip to take a much different turn.

"We smelled smoke and looked up and saw smoke to the east of us here, we sized up everything and decided this is a good place to stay," said Rick Lokey.

Lokey and his family are sticking it out even though the Cold Fire came dangerously close to their tents at Canyon Creek Campground on Tuesday night.

"Kind of added excitement for the kids. They got to see firsthand what fire is like," said Lokey.

From afar, the hills near Lake Berryessa are blackened and charred, but they're filled with smoke. And where there's smoke, there's usually fire.

The firefight was far from over Wednesday afternoon.

Hundreds of firefighters were still rushing toward the flames in an area where wildfires seem to happen every year.

In 2014 the Montecello Fire burned in this area and last summer the Wragg Fire tore through nearly 8,000 acres.

Cal Fire explained where all the new fuel is coming from.

"We did have a good amount of rainfall in the northern California area, so all that grass was able to grow back, so there is plenty of dry grass out there and a lot of stressed trees out there," said Cal Fire spokesperson Amy Head.

The constant threat of fire is very real for Scott Parrish and his family.

"We have our bags packed and all our vital things, important things, photos and stuff are ready to go," said Parrish.

"I got my brother's bulldozer, I got my train tracks in case we need to evacuate, I got a whole bag of toys!" said Parrish's son Luke. But he's comforted knowing hundreds of firefighters are hard at work trying to stop the fire's spread.

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