County Fire grows overnight, now at least 44,500 acres with 'extreme' behavior

The Pawnee Fire burns Tuesday near Clearlake California

Chris DAngelo HuffPost The Pawnee Fire burns Tuesday near Clearlake California

An evacuation were ordered for homes and businesses between County Road 63 and County Road 76 west of Highway 16.

Cal Fire said the blaze - which roared to life in the rugged Rumsey Canyon area on Saturday - was just 2 percent contained but weather conditions had improved by early Monday morning giving firefighters renewed optimism that they could slow the fire's advance. It looks like a movie. The latest Cal Fire update says those evacuations remain in place.

Residents in Nederland on Thursday evening were reporting a strong smell of smoke and seeing haze and ash falling from a fire burning in Grand County, but the Boulder County Sheriff's Office stated that no fires were burning in Boulder County.

The smoke from the Yolo fires has drifted toward San Francisco. "We're seeing fires grow with greater intensity than what historically we've seen", Anthony said.

Cal Fire said 30 structures are threatened by the County Fire as it sears through farmland.

Woodland Fire Chief Rebecca Ramirez previously reported that the city is "tapped out" and can't send any more crews.

"These fires are extremely aggressive and extremely fast moving", McLean said. Over 1,200 fire fighters in 27 fire crews, 100 fire engines and a dozen helicopters have fought the fire, the Sacramento Bee reported on Monday.

Smoke from the Yolo County fire was contributing to poor air quality in Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, according to the National Weather Service.

This seven acre fire is located at Llano Seco Ranch, south of Chico in Butte County.

A blaze burning for several days to the west in Lake County jumped containment lines Saturday, prompting additional evacuation orders.

One of the last major fires in the Capay Valley was in October 2004, when 25,000 acres was burned.

Formerly called the Guinda fire, the County Fire is burning in a somewhat rural area. According to a Calfire update at 7 p.m. today, the wildfire stands at 13,850 acres and is 73 percent contained, with full containment expected on July 3. Officials said Friday it had burned about 20 acres.

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