Yolo County Firefighters Battle Dry, Windy Conditions as Monticello Fire Spreads
Yolo County’s Monticello Fire has reportedly burned more than 6,400 acres as firefighters attempt to contain the blaze. The dry, windy conditions have only worsened the effects of California’s historic drought.
On Monday, firefighters reported that the Monticello fire was 35% contained. Reports indicate that the fire began on Friday, July 4th, near Lake Berryessa. The lake’s surroundings—comprised of heavy brush and woodland—caused the fire to spread quickly throughout the area.
40 homes were evacuated during the first few days of the effort due to wind shifts leading to unpredictable fire behavior. The evacuation orders were lifted on Sunday when officials determined that the blaze was moving away from populated areas.
Though homes may no longer be in danger, fire officials are still facing some challenges in attempting to contain the rest of the fire. The fire has now spread into rugged and treacherous terrain. Fire crew access to the area is extremely limited, CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said.
Three fire fighters have suffered minor injuries such as heat exhaustion. Fire crews will be taking extra precautions in the future, as temperatures are expected to hit 100 degrees in the coming week.
Read more about the fire efforts here.