YOLO COUNTY, Calif. — Four days after the Sand Fire forced highway closures and evacuations, there's good news in the Rumsey area. Highway 16 is back open as of noon Wednesday, according to Cal Fire.

The department said that cooling temperatures in Yolo County will help firefighters continue working and should minimize fire behavior as the day continues.

Cal Fire asks that drivers in the area keep an eye out for firefighters and emergency vehicles still working in the area.

The Sand Fire started just before 3 p.m. on June 8, along County Road 41 and Highway 16, near the town of Rumsey. It grew to 1,700 acres in the first six hours and reached 2,512 acres by Wednesday.

Sand Fire
Courtesy: Gage Hutchens -- The Sand Fire burns in Yolo County Saturday afternoon
Gage Hutchens

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Residents in the area were initially evacuated or put under evacuation advisories, but have since been allowed to return home.

Seven non-residential buildings were destroyed by the Sand Fire; there were no injuries. The fire is now 80-percent contained.  

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