|The Sites Complex near Maxwell and Stonyford in Colusa County, Calif., just after 7 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2012. Photo by Steve Marks Jr.|
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – A new complex of wildland fires reported outside of Maxwell Sunday afternoon rapidly scorched thousands of acres.
The Sites Complex includes five fires burning in the area of Sites Lodoga Road west of Maxwell in neighboring Colusa County, according to Cal Fire.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday Cal Fire reported that the complex – first reported at 3:45 p.m. – had grown to an estimated 350 acres, with 10 percent containment.
Less than an hour later, the size of the fire was put at 2,500 acres, with the same containment level.
Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit responded with ground and air crews throughout the afternoon.
Reports from the scene indicated the fire was burning in brush and moving up hillsides, with structures threatened.
Cal Fire said Sunday evening that 150 personnel and 28 engines were involved in the firefighting effort on the Sites Complex, along with six fire crews, six air tankers, two helicopters and five dozers.
Smoke from the fire could be seen along the hilltops separating Lake County from Colusa County, where firefighters were still at work on the Mill Fire, which had begun the previous day in the Mendocino National Forest.
More information on the Sites Complex will be posted as it becomes available.
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The Mill Fire, center, with the Sites Complex, to the right, visible over the hilltops in Lake County, Calif. Photo taken on Sunday, July 8, 2012, by Steve Stangland.