– County Fire now at 90,288; 100 percent contained
– Structures destroyed in Capay Valley according to property owner
– Anthony Darosa, 46, of Woodland cited in connection with fire
– Full coverage: Phone service glitched during County Fire
– Full coverage: City, county officials crossed lines, triggering needless evacuation
Two weeks after it first ignited in rural Yolo County, firefighters on Saturday were able to fully contain a massive multi-county inferno that burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed 20 residential structures.
At one point, more than 4,000 firefighters were on hand to battle against the County Fire, a wind-whipped blaze that triggered evacuations in both Yolo and Napa Counties around the Independence Day holiday.
The fire started June 30 near the unincorporated community of Guinda and quickly ballooned to over 90,000 acres in size. Fire authorities say an electric livestock fence improperly installed on a piece of land near Guinda started the fire. Anthony Darosa, 46, of Woodland had been cited in connection with the start of the blaze. Darosa was cited with “burning of lands of another,” a violation of California law. The Yolo County District Attorney will decide if formal charges will be filed against Darosa at a later time.
On Thursday, Cal Fire announced one firefighter was injured in connection with the blaze. A spokesperson for the agency said he did not have additional information on the injury.
At the peak of the blaze, the fire triggered evacuations in rural Yolo County including portions of Winters. Highway 128 between the Monticello Dam and the city was closed for more than a week. Several days of thick, hazy smoke in the atmosphere was partially to blame for the postponement of a fireworks show scheduled for June 3. In an e-mail to the Express on Friday, City Manager John Donlevy said the city had not discussed when to reschedule the fireworks show.
Full containment of a fire means all containment lines have been completed around a fire’s perimeter. But it doesn’t mean the blaze is fully extinguished — large fires can burn on for several days, weeks or even months long after full containment is reached, and factors like wind could allow a fire to grow.
Here’s the latest information on the County Fire burning in unincorporated Yolo County (updated Tuesday, July 17 at 11:30 p.m.)…
COUNTY FIRE STATISTICS
– Acres burned: 90,288
– Containment: 100%
– Structures threatened: None
– Total fire personnel: 645
– Structures destroyed: 20
– Structures damaged: 3
– Injuries / Fatalities: 1 (firefighter)
All roads have re-opened.
None, but roads remain closed in and around the fire’s perimeter along Highway 16.
The latest evacuation information is available on the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services website.
The federal Bureau of Land Management has re-opened all recreational sites that were previously closed in the Cache Creek area due to the County Fire.