CA fire prompts new evacuations

As Calfornians flee, Arizona residents return home after weekend fire threatened homes.

BY ZACHARY HOFFMAN | BALTIMORE | October 5, 2009



"Usually high fire danger extends until we get our first rain in the winter, for now, other than a slight chance of rain we donít see any real major rains coming anytime soon"

—Brandy Maxwell, National Weather Service


All residents of Wrightwood, Swarthout and Lone Pine Canyons, California, in San Bernardino County are under mandatory evacuation still as the Sheep Fire continues to burn just a quarter mile from some homes.

The fire started Saturday and spread with heavy winds to 7,500 acres over the weekend. Fire crews are constructing fire lines and setting up engine strike teams to protect structures in Wrightwood.

Favorable weather with low winds and relatively high humidity has helped firefighters contain the fire, and these favorable conditions should persist through the week.

“We have much lighter winds now than we had over the weekend,” said Brandy Maxwell, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in San Diego. “It looks like there shouldn’t be much of a change tomorrow (Tuesday).”

As the only wildfire really burning in California it would seem that the worst may be over; but the end to fire season is still in the distant future.

“Usually high fire danger extends until we get our first rain in the winter, for now, other than a slight chance of rain we don’t see any real major rains coming anytime soon,” said Maxwell.

In the northern town of Williams, Arizona, evacuation orders were lifted allowing residents to return to the 64 homes that were threatened by a wildfire burning there.

The Twin Fire began as a prescribed burn that fire managers lost control of as winds shifted.


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