08 july 2014
Crews battling a wildfire Monday in a rugged patch of far Northern California faced another day of triple-digit temperatures and gusty winds as officials warned the flames could again threaten homes.
Such dry conditions have hurt the fight against other wildfires in Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Washington state.
In California, crews were able to increase containment of the Monticello Fire to 45 percent from 35 percent in the steep mountains near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County.
More than 1,600 firefighters battling the blaze Monday made “good progress” on its front end as temperatures soared past 100 degrees, state fire spokesman Chris Christopherson said.
“We’re going to have an aggressive attack not only from the ground but the air as well to maintain our control lines,” said Christopherson, adding that all road closures were lifted by midday Monday.
The fire has burned about 10 square miles since beginning Friday. It has been stoked by gusty winds and fueled by thick, brittle brush that has not burned for at least two decades and is extremely dry because of the California drought.