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Northern California fire grows overnight, now at least 44,500 acres with ‘extreme’ behavior

Jack Miguel of the Keyes Fire Department attacks a hot spot during the County Fire on Sunday, July 1, 2018 in Capay Valley, Calif. The fire has grown to 44,500 acres as of 7:30 a.m. Monday, up from a reported size of 32,500 acres Sunday night, according to Cal Fire. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee/TNS)
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The County Fire in Northern California continues to gain ground, having grown to 44,500 acres as of 7:30 a.m. Monday, up from a reported size of 32,500 acres Sunday night, according to Cal Fire.

The rapidly growing blaze is 3 percent contained, Cal Fire says.

Firefighters are working to establish control lines, Cal Fire reported. Fire weather conditions remain critical and “extreme fire behavior” has been observed, Cal Fire says. Shifting winds have created numerous active portions of the fire that have the potential to increase fire spread.

The fire started about 2:12 p.m. Saturday in the unincorporated area of Guinda in Yolo County.

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© 2018 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)

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