Shifting Winds Complicate Fight Against County Fire

The Pawnee Fire burns Tuesday near Clearlake California

The fire in Yolo County has grown to 22,000 acres, forcing many people to leave their homes.

Rocky Mountain National Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said in an email that none of the multiple fires burning in the Grand County area are inside the park boundaries, but the park's Coyote Valley Trail is now closed.

Flames tore through trees and down hillsides a few miles southwest of Highway 16 in Yolo County Sunday. It has since crossed the Napa County line, according to preliminary efforts to map the fire, and road closures have taken effect in spots along the Napa/Lake County line.

"Crews are establishing a line around it and getting control on some areas".

Slightly cooler temperatures are in the forecast later Monday but gusty winds that could spread the blaze are also expected, Lauderbale said.

According to Cal Fire, shifting winds have created numerous active portions of the fire that have the potential to increase the spread.

The largest blaze, the Spring Fire in southern Colorado, has burned almost 57,000 acres, destroyed an unknown number of structures, and has forced the evacuations of hundreds of residents, fire officials said. Additional fire teams were also en route, Cal Fire reports. Residents in some parts of rural Yolo County have been ordered to evacuate. One evacuation center was originally established at the Guinda Grange Hall.

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South from Highway 128 remains open to serve traffic into Solano County.

This fire is 51,068 acres and 37 percent contained.

The Spring Fire is 56,820 acres and 5 percent contained.

"Multiple crews from Grand Lake Fire, Grand Fire, East Grand Fire, Hot Sulphur Springs, EMS and sheriff's office are now working the fire to get it under control", Grand County officials said Thursday afternoon.

The County Fire is now the biggest fire in California so far this year with 1200 plus fire fighters doing what they can in awful terrain.

California and Colorado have been hard hit this year, with the largest wildfire in Colorado, the 416 Fire, charring nearly 47,000 acres about 13 miles (21 km) north of Durango in the southwestern part of the state.

"They had good work overnight, so they're feeling confident today", Austin said.

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