County Fire roars through the hills above Lake Berryessa

The fire is burning northeast of the San Francisco Bay area 19 miles northeast of Napa and 28 miles west of Sacramento.

(Originally published at 6:12 a.m. PDT July 2, 2018)

Burning in both Yolo and Napa Counties, the County Fire has doubled in size in the last 24 hours. The blaze is running across Rocky Ridge east of Lake Berryessa northeast of the San Francisco Bay area.

(Click Here to see all of the articles on Wildfire Today about the County Fire, including the most recent.)

Our VERY UNOFFICIAL estimate based on satellite data indicates that at 3 a.m. Monday it had burned approximately 42,000 acres — roughly 1,100 acres an hour since it was reported at 2:12 p.m. June 30. CAL FIRE’s official estimate released at 7:49 p.m. Sunday put it at 32,500 acres. During the 3 a.m. overflight there were large areas of very active fire, as represented by the red dots in the map below.

County Fire map Atlas fire
Map showing heat detected on the County Fire by a satellite at 3:03 a.m. PDT July 2, 2018. The footprints of fires that devastated large areas in October 2017 are also shown: the Atlas, Nuns, and Tubbs Fires. Click to enlarge.

The County Fire is spreading northeast of the areas devastated by the North Bay Area Fires of October, 2017 that destroyed over 7,000 structures and killed 31 people. The footprint of the Atlas Fire could serve as a partial barrier, reducing the chance that this new fire could reach the Napa area again. But if it keeps moving south and crosses Highway 128 into Solano County there are many homes that could be threatened in the Vacaville area.

Many areas are under mandatory evacuation orders. For questions regarding Yolo County evacuations or advisories, dial 2-1-1. For questions regarding Solano County evacuations or advisories dial (707) 398-8261.

Evacuation center: Guinda Grange Hall in the Community of Guinda 16487 Forest Ave. Guinda, CA 95637.

The fire is being battled by 1,226 personnel, including 119 fire engines, 27 hand crews, 12 helicopters, 23 dozers, and 34 water tenders.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

One thought on “County Fire roars through the hills above Lake Berryessa”

  1. I sm once again saddened by the news of fire burning in the area of California that I have enjoyed driving around, near, and through. I really hope the fires are out soon so new growth can take place and peopld csn feel safe in their honmes once again.
    My prayers are directed to heavdn for California-my home state.
    Nust know for now there is someone in Katy, Texas praying for you.

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