CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Nearly a week after the Wye Fire began burning along two areas of Highway 20, firefighters fully contained the incident.
Cal Fire reported Saturday morning that the Wye Fire – burning since last Saturday afternoon – had reached 100 percent containment.
The incident includes two different fires east of Clearlake Oaks – the Wye, at Highway 20 and Highway 53, and the Walker, at Walker Ridge Road, in Lake and Colusa counties.
Cal Fire Incident Management Team 4, which has been based at the Lake County Fairgrounds, is managing the two fires as one.
Altogether the Wye Fire burned 7,934 acres, with firefighters stopping the expansion of acreage about midweek, when personnel on scene totaled more than 1,200.
A total of three structures were burned and two were damaged during the week, with Cal Fire still investigating the fire's cause. Three injuries also were reported to firefighters.
Evacuations had been in effect early in the week in the Spring Valley and Wilbur Hot Springs area, and Highway 20 had been closed through Monday evening, as Lake County News has reported.
Crews were continuing to be demobilized on Saturday. Cal Fire said 138 personnel remain on scene, along with 10 engines, four fire crews, one helicopter, two bulldozers and three water tenders.
Cal Fire reported that crews would continue to patrol and work the area after full containment was reached.
Highway 20 east of Clearlake Oaks is still under a strictly enforced 45 miles per hour speed limit due to firefighters and fire equipment continuing to work in the area. Hunting also has been restricted 10 miles north and south of Highway 20, between Highway 53 and Highway 16.
Agencies cooperating with Cal Fire included the Lake and Colusa County Sheriff's offices, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, Pacific Gas & Electric, Red Cross, Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and dozens of fire agencies from around the state. The Mendocino National Forest said its firefighters also had assisted on the fire.
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