Monticello Fire spreads to 7,000 acres

Firefighters are currently battling a wildfire near Lake Berryessa.

The "Monticello Fire" has burned 10.9 square miles of dry grass and trees in a rural and remote area bordering Yolo, Napa and Solano counties, according to Cal Fire.

The fire started around 9:30 p.m. Friday at Highway 128 and Monticello Dam, about five miles west of Winters. By Friday night, the fire had burned 300 acres. By Saturday morning, the fire grew to 1,500 acres. Then by 3 p.m. Saturday, the fire doubled in size to 3,000 acres. Two hours later, the fire increased again to 5,000 acres.

The fire is 30 percent contained and is threatening homes in the area.

Evacuations have been ordered for the Golden Bear Estates and Canyon Creek Resort campground. Cal Fire is working with the Yolo County Sheriff's Office to get residents out safely. An evacuation center has been set up at the Winters Community Center.

Highway 128 is closed from Canyon Creek Resort to County Road 87E.

The Monticello Fire is burning on the opposite side of Lake Berryessa from where the Butts Fire continues to burn. The Butts Fire has burned 4,300 acres and is 80 percent contained.


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