Favorable weather conditions help fight California wildfires | California News

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Favorable weather conditions early Wednesday helped battle a wildfire in California’s Gold Country that forced evacuations in two counties.

The Electra Fire had burned 6.4 square miles (16.6 square kilometers) of rural land, but it was now 40% contained with no burned buildings, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported. from California.

Additionally, about 17% of the fires were declared under control, meaning there was no smoke or hot spots within the perimeter of the fire in that area, Cal Fire said.

“Early morning moisture recovery moderated fire activity,” Cal Fire said.

Some evacuation orders have been lifted.

The blaze broke out Monday afternoon in the Sierra Nevada foothills, forcing evacuations in neighboring Amador Calaveras counties. However, some Amador County evacuations were downgraded to warnings on Wednesday.

Cal Fire said the number of threatened structures remained at 1,217, but there were no reports of destroyed or damaged structures. A firefighter was injured.

The National Weather Service said nighttime infrared satellite images showed a “waning thermal signature” of the fire as relative humidity levels reached 75% to 90% and northerly winds were generally light. Westerly winds were expected in the afternoon.

The fire broke out in a recreation area along a river where people were celebrating the 4th of July. The cause remains under investigation, but Amador County Sheriff Gary Redman said the location may suggest fireworks or a barbecue as the cause.

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