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Fire Crews Make Progress on Two Colusa County Fires

Cal-Fire says a large wildfire in rural Colusa County is 80 percent contained. The so-called Sites Complex fire has burned nearly 4,200 acres, or 6.5 square miles. Cal-Fire says the cause of that blaze is under investigation. Officials expect to have the Sites Complex Fire under control by the weekend.

WILLITS, Calif. (AP) – Federal fire officials say crews are making progress in slowing the growth of a wildfire in the Mendocino National Forest. Fire information officer Deb Schweizer says the so-called Mill Fire expanded by about 800 acres Wednesday. Since it was first reported on Saturday it has consumed 16,800 acres, or a little more than 26 square miles. The blaze is 38 percent contained. Schweizer says the more than 1,500 firefighters on the scene are working in extremely steep and rugged terrain. Officials say an air quality alert issued because of the heavy smoke in the area remains in effect. The flames have already led to campground closures and a voluntary evacuation of some homes in the tiny community of Stonyford. The cause of the fire still has not been determined.


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