California Firefighters Make Progress In Fighting Large Wildfire


California firefighters have made progress in fighting a large wildfire west of Sacramento that has scorched 6,900 acres, officials said.

The so-called Wragg Fire was 55 percent contained by Saturday, three days after it broke out in steep and rugged terrain in Napa and Solano counties, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The fire destroyed one outbuilding and a tent trailer, and damaged another structure. Some 140 structures are threatened, fire officials said. All mandatory evacuation orders were lifted by Saturday. Napa County is known as wine country, but no wineries were threatened, officials have said.

More than 1,800 firefighters were battling the Wragg Fire, and 13 helicopters were being used in the effort, the department, also known as Cal Fire, said Saturday.

California is in its fourth year of a historic drought, exacerbating wildfire conditions.

Through July 18 of this year there have been more than 1,000 additional fires in California than in the same period last year, Cal Fire said — although the acres that have burned is lower, with 18,874 acres being burned in 2015 compared to 35,567 through July 18 of last year.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Phil Helsel

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