LIVE BLOG: County Fire Rages in Yolo, Napa Counties

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS: The following areas are to be evacuated:

– West of State Highway 16 to Berryessa Knoxville Road
– South of Old County Road 40
– North of County Road 53
– West of State Highway 16 to the Yolo/Lake County line
– North of County Road 40
– South of the Yolo County line

For questions regarding the evacuations, contact Yolo County 2-1-1.

Napa County residents can text their zip code to 888777 for updates.

Road Closures:

Berryessa Knoxville Road, from the Pope Creek Bridge to the Napa/Lake County line.

State Highway 16 has been closed between State Highway 20 and Rumsey Hall.

UPDATE: The County Fire, as of July 9, has burned 90,288 acres and is 75 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

YOLO COUNTY -- Firefighters are on the scene of a fast-moving fire that began near County Road 63 and Highway 16 in Yolo County.

By July 8, the fire had burned 90,288 acres and was 75 percent contained. At least nine buildings have been destroyed. The fire was first reported around 2 p.m. Saturday.

There was a nonstop aerial assault on the north end of the County Fire July 5. Every few minutes, choppers hovered over Cache Creek in a continuous cycle that lasted until sunset.

Nearby, Blair and Frank Johnson were becoming a little fed up. They thought the flames would soon pass but that hasn't been the case.

"You know, it's kind of moment by moment. Watch with the winds are doing because it seems like every afternoon it'll shift and it will come from the south and then later in the afternoon it comes from the north," Frank Johnson told FOX40.

They just want to stop constantly looking over their shoulders at the fire that seemingly just won't die.

"One minute you think it's gone and then the next minutes it's flaring up again," Blair Johnson said.

With the fire methodically marching north toward Highway 20, Highway 16 in the community of Rumsey remains shut down. Evacuation orders there are still in effect.

"The fire originally ran down kind of this corridor and then we saw a transition where the fire kind of pushed this way," san Dan Olson with Cal Fire. "It could potentially come back with winds from the north. So, as a precautionary measure, we issued an evacuation advisory just for this area here in the event that anything happened and the fire came over what the locals refer to as 'the narrows.'"

The 2,858 firefighters and support crews from across California are dedicated to the County Fire burning through Yolo and Napa counties.

Every morning, before heading out to relieve those currently on duty, teams start with a briefing at the Woodland Incident Command Center, reviewing the plan for their upcoming 24-hour shift. They discuss everything from weather, to safety, to media relations, to strategy. That includes knowing when to let the fire burn, when to fight back, how to fight back and where the fight’s expected to be most challenging.

In the case of the 96 structures the fire is approaching, firefighters on the ground are the last line of defense for property owners.

 

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