County Fire causes Winters to cancel fireworks

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- Moist air heading to Northern California should be a good omen for firefighters battling the County Fire, which is threatening 1,000 homes and buildings as of Tuesday night. Here is a list, with maps, of the larger fires around the state, their current containment levels, and where they are located for July 3. Just over the last 24 hours, the fire has grown by over 10,000 acres due to extreme weather conditions and dry ground. "A backfire puts black between the main fire and the main edge so that when it comes down there is nothing left to burn", said Brian Ward of the Eldorado Hotshots.

Officers with the tribe's public safety division went door-to-door to issue mandatory evacuation orders to at least 40 homes Monday in the Greeley Heights Subdivision of the reservation. The Waverly Fire in San Joaquin County had spread some 12,300 acres and was 75 per cent contained.

Authorities announced late Monday that a fire near Fort Garland, about 205 miles southwest of Denver, had destroyed 104 homes in a mountain housing development started by multimillionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes in the 1970s.

Meanwhile, officials have issued evacuation advisories for the Berryessa Highlands, Markley Cove Resort and Pleasure Cove resort.

Known as the County Fire, it began on Saturday afternoon in an unincorporated area of Yolo County before exploding in magnitude.

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Travel is restricted on eastbound Highway 128 to Solano and Yolo counties.

Firefighters continued to build and reinforce control lines around the Pawnee fire in Lake County on Friday, achieving 65 percent containment of the blaze that remains at 13,700 acres, Cal Fire officials said.

Past year was California's deadliest for fires. Smoke and ash are contributing to poor air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area and California wine country.

An evacuation center has been set up at Guinda Grange Hall at 16487 Forest Avenue in Guinda.

State emergency management officials reported nine other fires remained active around the state on Sunday. Residences served by Highway 128 between Monticello Dam and Pleasants Valley Road were also mandated to evacuate.

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