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Northern California wildfires, map: Cooler holiday weather brought more containment and slowed growth

You're out on a boat at Lake Berryessa. A major fire erupts. Here's what it looks like

The County Fire is burning through dry grass, oak stands and brush about 55 miles northwest of Sacramento between Highway 16 and Lake Berryessa.
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The County Fire is burning through dry grass, oak stands and brush about 55 miles northwest of Sacramento between Highway 16 and Lake Berryessa.

Wednesday's cooler weather gave firefighters a leg up against Northern California blazes after multiple hot days battling large flare-ups that followed the weekend's red flag conditions.

Multiple fires have come close to containment and some evacuation orders have been lifted; however, hotter and drier conditions are expected into the weekend.

Here is a roundup of the latest fire information.

County Fire (formerly Guinda Fire)

Where: County Road 63 and Highway 16, Rumsey Canyon

Size: 86,000 acres as of 7 a.m. Thursday

Containment: 30 percent as of 7 a.m. Thursday

What's happened: The County Fire started in Yolo County on Saturday afternoon and has exploded in size in a matter of days.

Evacuation updates: Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for areas north of Highway 128, not including the City of Winters; south of County Road 23; east of Berryessa Knoxville Road; west of County Road 89; residential areas served by Highway 128 between Monticello Dam and Pleasant Valley Road and south of Esparto, however, agricultural equipment will be permitted; west of State Highway 16 to Berryessa Knoxville Road, south of Old County Road 40 and north of County Road 53.

Evacuation warnings are in effect for residents north of Quail Canyon Road, east of the Blue Ridge mountains, west of Pleasant Valley Road, east of Capell Valley Road and north of State Highway 128 from Capell Valley Road.

Road closures have been issued for Northbound County Road 87 from Highway 128; Berryessa Knoxville Road, from the Pope Creek Bridge to the Napa/Lake County line; Eastbound Highway 128 at Markley Resort; Westbound Highway 128 at Pleasant Valley Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

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

An evacuation center has been set up at the Boy Scout Cabin in Esparto, 17020 Yolo Ave, open from 7 a.m. to midnight. Anyone in need of shelter services outside that window should call the Yolo County Mass Care Coordinator at (530) 321-3620. Previous evacuation centers at Guinda Grange Hall and in Winters have now closed.

The Yolo blaze, called the County Fire (also called Guinda Fire), broke out in wildlands south of Guinda, a census-designated place with a population of 254 on Saturday, June, 30, 2018.

Pawnee Fire

Where: Lake County, Pawnee Road and New Long Valley Road, northeast of Clearlake Oaks

Size: 15,000 acres as of 7 a.m. Thursday

Containment: 92 percent as of 7 a.m. Thursday

Evacuation updates: On Tuesday, all mandatory evacuations orders for the Pawnee Fire are lifted. Contact the Pawnee Information Line at (707) 967-4207.

Road closures include Mule Skinner Road and Highway 20 and Walker Ridge Road and Highway 20.

As of Thursday morning, 22 structures have been destroyed, six damaged and no remain threatened.

One firefighter has been reported injured fighting the fire.

The Red Cross is operating an evacuation center at Lower Lake High School on Lake Street. Residents concerned about pets or livestock are encouraged to call animal control at (707) 363-0278.

Residents of Spring Valley evacuate their homes as the Pawnee Fire approaches, but some stay.

Shingle Fire

Where: El Dorado County, off South Shingle Road and Latrobe Road, west of Latrobe

Size: 316 acres as of 7 a.m. Thursday

Containment: 100 percent as of 7 a.m. Thursday

Lane Fire

Where: Tehama County, off Highway 36 in Paynes Creek

Size: 3,716 acres as of 6:57 p.m. Wednesday

Containment: 100 percent as of 6:57 p.m. Wednesday

What's happened: Firefighters will mop up and continue to strengthen containment lines, Cal Fire said.

Evacuation updates: All evacuations and road closures have been lifted.

Flat Fire

Where: Trinity County, Reading Creek Road, southeast of Douglas City

Size: 300 acres as of 7 a.m. Thursday

Containment: 90 percent, as of 7 a.m. Thursday

What's happened: Cal Fire reported on Sunday that extremely steep and rugged terrain has proved to be a challenge for firefighters especially at the northeast end of the fire.

Evacuation updates: No road closures or evacuations have been ordered.

A grass fire in Tuolumne County near Highway 49 (Moccasin Point) burned at least 150 acres on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

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