Crews make big gains against Northern California wildfire

Route Complex: Three fires totalling 26,471 acres in Trinity County west of Hyampom, 20 percent contained.


Firefighters are making progress against the Jerusalem fire, now burning in Lake and Napa Counties in Northern California.

Days after almost losing her summer home to one California wildfire, Nicole Ruff breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after learning that firefighters and a firebreak cleared by her husband had saved it from a second blaze.

State officials say that as Kentucky’s fall fire hazard season begins October 1, this might be the last opportunity for Kentucky to send aid to other states.

The fire had expanded across 32 square miles and crews had the flames just 16 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Temperatures have been relatively mild, but gusty winds and dry conditions have stoked the flames of the fire near Lower Lake.

“It crossed into Napa County late Wednesday afternoon or early this morning”, Cal Fire spokesman Steve Swindle said. It spread into Napa County, but no vineyards were threatened in the famous wine-growing region. Erratic winds are contributing to the increased fire activity and promoting high intensity uphill runs with short range spotting.

The U.S. Forest Service also announced gains on the five Trinity County fire complexes which have now burned more than 120,000 acres total.

The fire still remains active and firefighters are working aggressively to stop the forward progression and sustain perimeter control. It started on July 29, 2015, burned 43 homes and forced thousands to evacuate.


The decision means additional assistance from the military and worldwide help can be requested.

Fire trucks are shown parked at a staging area near a fire in Napa County Calif. Thursday Aug. 13 2015