Winds Expected To Push Jerusalem Fire Toward Homes

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LAKE COUNTY --

Cal Fire told FOX40 they expected shifting winds to push the growing Jerusalem Fire toward evacuated homes on Morgan Valley Road late Tuesday night.

By Wednesday morning, the fire had grown to 16,500 acres and was only six percent contained.

"We are working with them, they are working with us, and I don't know. I think I'm just really impressed by these guys," said Cathy Koehler.

Koehler and Paul Aigner evacuated their home on Morgan Valley Road Tuesday evening, and watched the property from the roadside. Cal Fire crews were posted in their property providing structure defense to multiple threatened homes in the area.

"I think we've had a 360 degree burn around us. The Rocky fire burned this way around our home, and the Jerusalem Fire burned up behind it today, so we're kind of a doughnut hole right in the middle," Aigner said.

"But if the winds continue blowing west, we should be okay," Koehler said.

Unfortunately Cal Fire said winds were in fact shifting out of their favor.

"We're expecting it to come right back down toward these homes," Battalion Chief Brian Egan said.

Once the fire crossed Morgan Valley Road, it sparked multiple spot fires, threatening a UC Davis extension research center nearby. Air crews dropped water and fire retardant from above while ground crews worked on containment lines.

Cal Fire said it expected fire activity to remain steady throughout the night.

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