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Crews battle 1,800-acre fire in Yolo County near Capay Valley

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jun 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-09 18:53:30-04

Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle a fire in Yolo County that sparked Saturday and quickly spread, officials said.

The Sand Fire has charred an estimated 1,800 acres with zero containment. It’s burning on steep brush-covered slopes near the town of Guinda in the Capay Valley, according to Cal Fire.

The fire began at around 2:50 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for all residents on County Road 41, officials said.

An evacuation center was set up at the Esparto Boy Scout Cabin, located at 16980 Yolo Ave.

“It’s gets a little nerve-wracking,” said Lea Lloyd, who had to evacuate. “At the same time, we know those firefighters are working and it’s awesome to watch them. Without them, I don’t what we’d do.”

Lloyd and her husband, Chet, sat in their silver pickup truck watching the fire Saturday.

“I guess it’s our turn,” said Chet Lloyd. “Hopefully, they’ll put it out.”

Other neighbors stood at roadblocks, waiting to see if they could check out their homes.

“Just sitting here not knowing, that’s the worst,” said Ingela Kaersvang, who was forced to leave. “The fire was already here. They didn’t have time to evacuate us. It was already coming through the property.”

State Route 16 is closed from Highway 20 to the town of Brooks. Officials are unsure when the road will reopen.

No injuries have been reported.

Windy, dry and hot conditions are expected to continue through Sunday afternoon. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. shut off power to selected regions to guard against wildfires.

Power was turned off to approximately 1,600 customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties and about 43,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties in the Sierra foothills.

No other information was released.