Yolo County Sand Fire Map Latest: Evacuations, Road Closures as Blaze Spreads to 2,200 Acres, 20 Percent Contained

More than 100 people have been forced to evacuate their homes and several structures have been destroyed as a result of the huge wildfire which has engulfed Yolo County in Northern California.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said that the Sand Fire which has been burning over the weekend has spread across 2,220 acres and is currently 20 percent contained.

The fire, which is located near the town of Guinda, has forced the closure of Highway 16 from Highway 20 to County Road 45. There have been no reported injuries or deaths, but seven non-residential structures have been destroyed.

About 125 people were forced to leave their homes following the mandatory evacuations, Cal Fire spokesman Bruce Lang told the Sacramento Bee. Evacuation orders are still in place for residents on County Road 41 as firefighters continue to tackle the blaze.

"Firefighters are currently working a wildfire in the Capay Valley near the town of Guinda," a Cal Fire spokesperson said in a statement. "The fire was reported at a rapid rate of spread and is on steep brush covered slopes. Weather in the area is expected to be hotter with gusty winds up to 20 miles per hour."

One of those forced to leave their home was former Congressman Pete McCloskey and his wife Helen.

"I decided to take a few things. I took my grandfather's memories and my great grandfather's, who lived here in California 150 years ago," McCloskey told KGO. The former politician was the Republican nomination for President in 1972 but lost out to incumbent President Richard Nixon.

"The biggest concern is, of course, is losing the farm and the house and everything. And of course, we are under-insured, just we haven't gotten it together," Helen McCloskey added.

Paul Muller, the owner of Full Belly Farm, told The Mercury News he has decided to ignore the evacuation order for now and stay on his farm because of the irrigated fields that surround him.

"This was a pretty strong wake-up call," Muller said. "It makes us realize we're very, very lucky—if this was later in the summer and it was 110 degrees, that would have been a lot more destructive."

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a warning for hot weather across Northern California for Monday (June 10) and Tuesday, with temperatures expected to reach up to 106 degrees.

Elsewhere, Pacific Gas & Electric has also restored power to homes in the Napa, Solano and Yolo Counties areas after they were proactively turned off for safety reason as result of the wildfire and warm and windy conditions. Around 1,700 customers were left without power at 6:15 a.m. on June 8.

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Map showing the mandatory evacuation area result of the Yolo County sand fire. Cal Fire