Yolo County Sand Fire Map: Latest Evacuations, Road Closures as Wildfire Sears 2,200 Acres, 50 Percent Contained

Firefighters tackling the huge blaze which is burning through Yolo County in Northern California have said it is now 50 percent contained.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said the Sand Fire, which began burning over the weekend, currently stands at 2,220 acres but it is 30 percent more controlled than on Sunday evening (June 9), according to their latest update.

The wildfire, which is one of several currently burning across the state, began around 2:50 p.m. on June 8 near the town of Guinda.

Highway 16 remains closed between Rumsey and Highway 20 as the wildfire continues to burn.

More than 130 people were forced to leave their homes after mandatory evacuation orders were put in place in Yolo County.

According to Cal Fire, the evacuation orders were lifted at 5:00 p.m. on Monday June 10, but the area is still under an advisory evacuation, meaning further evacuations may be necessary in the future.

"It's a lot hotter and drier," Cal Fire spokesman Bruce Lang told the Sacramento Bee. "The winds have subsided and that gave the firefighters a bit of an edge."

There are still no reports of any injuries or deaths from the fire, although seven non-residential structures have been destroyed.

More than 1,110 firefighters have been assigned to tackle the Sand Fire.

Will Powers, spokesperson for Cal Fire's Sonoma Lake Napa Unit, said the biggest concern for emergency services now is the heatwave which is currently hitting the state, with temperatures reaching triple digits in places.

"Containment went up 30 percent overnight and, hopefully, with weather permitting, those containment percentages go up," Powers told the San Francisco Gate.

"We're most concerned about the heat, the really high temperatures and the low relative humidity in the area. There's supposed to be a little bit of wind but the biggest concern is the high temperatures."

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warning for virtually all of California and offered tips on how to stay safe as the temperatures soar.

"The first significant heatwave of the summer season has arrived in Northern California as strong high pressure remains over the region over the next few days," an NWS forecast said. "Daytime highs will be in the triple digits for most valley locations, with overnight lows remaining warmer than normal, in the upper 60s to middle 70s.

"Hot temperatures will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors."

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Map showing road closures and advisory evacuation areas in Yolo County as a result of the Sand Fire. Cal Fire