UPDATED 7:01 AM PT — Thurs. July 5, 2018
A Northern California wildfire continues to blaze through the area, spreading to over 80,000 acres.
As of Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection declared the Yolo County fire to only be 27-percent contained as over 1,500 structures are threatened.
Thousands of fire fighters and almost 300 fire engines were sent to the scene, where they have been battling the fire relentlessly for days.
“Both physically and mentally it can become very taxing,” said Cal Fire Captain Dan Olsen. “You’re gonna see folks in fire camp that essentially have been bounced from fire to fire to fire.”
The blaze — dubbed the ‘County Fire’ — began over the weekend, with high temperatures, low humidity and extreme winds rapidly spreading the flames.
Officials have been using flame-shooting pistols and drip-torches to set extremely dry grassy areas ablaze to contain those areas before the fire can reach them.
Another concern is the spread of fire to more areas through embers that travel as the fire dies down.
“The rates have spread, they were dangerous and they were explosive,” explained Cal Fire Division Chief Chris Anthony. “Any ember that actually travels ahead of the main front of the fire, there’s a 90-100% chance that ember is actually going to start another fire.”
The counties are currently experiencing cooler temperatures and higher humidity, making fire officials optimistic for potential containment. However, the area is expecting record breaking heat by the weekend, giving fire-fighters a 48-to-72-hour window to contain the powerful blaze.