Sand Fire growth stalls overnight

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL/STATE - By Michael McGough

SACRA­MENTO — Fire­fight­ers have made progress con­tain­ing the Sand Fire, with Cal Fire say­ing Mon­day morn­ing that the Yolo County wild­fire did not in­crease in size overnight.

The fire stands at 2,220 acres and is now 30% con­tained, Cal Fire said in an up­date just be­fore 7:30 a.m. The fire had been 20% con­tained as of Sun­day evening's up­date.

The Sand Fire ig­nited about 2:50 p.m. Satur­day near the Ca­pay Val­ley com­mu­ni­ties of Guinda and Rum­sey. It has de­stroyed seven non­res­i­den­tial struc­tures, and about 740 fire per­son­nel re­main as­signed to the wild­fire, ac­cord­ing to Cal Fire's in­ci­dent re­port.

Evac­u­a­tion or­ders re­main in ef­fect along County Road 41. How­ever, an evac­u­a­tion cen­ter that was opened in Es­parto has been closed be­cause it has not been used, ac­cord­ing to Cal Fire's lat­est in­ci­dent re­port. It can be re­opened if nec­es­sary, Cal Fire says.

The Sand Fire was one of sev­eral fires that started over the week­end amid hot tem­per­a­tures, low hu­mid­ity and heavy winds across much of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued a red flag warn­ing due to con­di­tions in­tro­duc­ing crit­i­cal fire risk, and the warn­ing has since ex­pired.

Though Sacra­mento's fore­cast pre­dicts a high of 103 de­grees Mon­day, which is ex­pected to be the hottest day of the year so far across much of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, no red flag warn­ings had been is­sued as of Mon­day morn­ing.

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