July 14, 2024
The Post Fire in Los Angeles County, the state's largest wildfire, had consumed more than 15,000 acres.

A wildfire burning in Sonoma County since Sunday was more than halfway contained as the sun rose Wednesday morning and did not expand from the previous 24 hours, fire officials said.

Cal Fire crews had reached 50% containment on the Point Fire, according to the agency. The fire has burned 1,207 acres but that figure has remained the same since Tuesday morning.

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According to Cal Fire, crews have secured control lines around the entire perimeter of the fire, and heavy mop-up work was taking place within that perimeter. Cal Fire spokesperson Will Powers said crews do not expect that fire to grow any more.

The Point Fire has injured one firefighter and destroyed two structures, Cal Fire said.

The fire was the fourth-largest of eight in California that had burned at least 300 acres. Cal Fire crews still were working to extinguish Wednesday morning.

The biggest of those is the Post Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. At 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, that blaze had consumed 15,690 acres (24½ miles) and was 39% contained, according to Cal Fire. It has been burning since Saturday afternoon. Cal Fire said they have stopped the forward progress on the north end of the blaze at Interstate 5.

Cal Fire said crews will spend Wednesday extending and reinforcing control lines and protecting the structures around Pyramid Lake and the Pyramid Lake Dam. There wasn’t much fire activity overnight, according to Cal Fire, but crews are concerned about a heat-up in the weather that’s expected to start on Thursday.

The Sites Fire in Colusa County also has burned more than 15,000 acres. Cal Fire said that blaze had consumed 15,565 acres in Colusa County as of 7 a.m. Wednesday and was only 5% contained. Several structures continue to be threatened by that fire, and evacuation orders remained in order.

Fire crews had reached 33% containment on the Aero Fire in Calaveras County by Wednesday morning. That fire had burned 5,351 acres and was the third-largest fire in the state.

Elsewhere, the Hesperia Fire (San Bernardino County) was 91% contained and had burned 1,078 acres, while the Hernandez Fire (San Benito County) was 90% contained after burning 642 acres.

Crews also were battling the Douglas Fire in Sacramento County. That fire had burned 327 acres as of Tuesday night and was 0% contained. The West Fire in Los Angeles County had consumed 300 acres and also was 0% contained Tuesday, according to Cal Fire.

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